An Interesting Herb Fact
Goldenseal -- A Traditional Native American Herb with Many Uses
Goldenseal, Latin name Hydrastis canadensis, is one of the most popular herbs used in herbal remedies today. Goldenseal has traditionally operated as a traditional healing herb of Native Americans but it has entered the European herbal cabinet with zeal. Traditionally, the Cherokee used goldenseal as an herbal treatment for indigestion, local inflammations, and to improve appetite. The Iroquois, meanwhile, used Goldenseal to treat heart problems, liver disorders, and whooping cough and to treat...
Ginkgo Biloba and Historic Herbal Remedies
|Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular herbal remedies in use today. It is also one of the oldest plants used in herbal remedies. Many believe that Ginkgo biloba dates back to over 200 million years ago. The plant is actually a tree. To be more exact, the Ginkgo biloba tree is a deciduous conifer with separate male and female forms. The Ginkgo biloba tree was first introduced in Europe in the early 18th century where its popularity as a favorite ornamental tree soared. In the 1980s, the plant began to become very popular in Western medicine. The Western interest in Ginkgo biloba began to grow when its potent actions on the cardiovascular system were revealed. |
Ginkgo biloba is comprised of several constituents. The leaves are known to contain flavones glycosides, lactones, sitosterol, bioflavones, and anthocyanins. Its seeds are rich in minerals, fatty acids, and bioflavones. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba are known to relax blood vessels, stimulate the circulatory system, and they have also been noted for their anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves are often used to treat circulatory diseases, and they are well known for improving blood flow to the brain. Recent research has demonstrated that ginkgolide is as effective as many standard pharmaceutical drugs that are used to treat severely irregular heartbeats. Other uses for the Ginkgo biloba leave include the treatment of varicose veins, leg ulcers, and hemorrhoids. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree also show promise for helping reduce they symptoms of dementia that often accompany Alzheimer's disease. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree have now become firmly established in the herbal repertoire of all herbalists. They are traditionally harvested in the summer time.
The seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree are also used for herbal remedies. The seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree are especially popular in traditional Chinese medicine. In China, the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba are called bai gou. They are believed to act on the lung and kidneys and are used to treat the symptoms of asthmatic disorders and all chest problems that produce thick phlegm. The seeds of the Ginkgo biloba are also believed to have a tonifying effect on the urinary system. Many herbalists also recommend the seeds to treat problems of excessive urination or incontinence.
Tinctures, infusions and fluid extract from the Ginkgo biloba leaves are commonly prepared by traditional herbalists to treat a number of ailments. Fluid extract from fresh Ginkgo biloba leaves are widely sold in Europe to treat cerebral arteriosclerosis in the elderly. Tinctures made from fresh Ginkgo biloba leaves are combined with other herbs such as periwinkle and linden to treat a number of circulatory problems. Many herbalists also combine the leaves of Ginkgo biloba with king's clover to treat venous disorders. Herbalists also use Ginkgo biloba to make an infusion that can turned into a wash for hemorrhoids or varicose ulcers.
Doctors recommend caution when taking Ginkgo biloba. They recommend that you do not exceed the stated dose, as too much can lead to skin disorders, headaches, and even more serious disorders or problems.