Benefits of gingko.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

I am writing this for educational purposes this is not medical advice. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.

Gingko (Gingko biloba)

Gingko is good at improving blood flow and preventing high blood pressure. The leaves contain high levels of some of the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Because of it’s ability to improve blood flow, reduce oxidative stress and reduce inflammation it prevents brains swelling and improves cognitive function. One side effect when someone first starts taking it if they have damage from sepsis or chronic illness the improved blood flow to those areas of the brain could cause pain temporarily. This happened to me and and the headache and eye pain it caused after about three days cleared up and and my cognitive function started to improve. I would not take high dose because it has very potent anticoagulant properties.

Gingko has been shown to improves hearing and prevent hearing loss. It improves motor health and emotional health. Gingko reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. Gingko also improves sleep quality.

Gingko prevents glutamate toxicity which would improve NMDA receptor health. High glutamate levels is noticeable by the headaches that occur. It causes headache so severe it seems as if the skull is going to split open.

Gingko prevents prancreatitis and prevents pancreatic infection.

Gingko reduces symptoms of PMS. Gingko improves sexual function especially in women.

Gingko improves eye health and has been found to prevent pink eye.

Gingko helps prevent cardiovascular disease by improving blood circulation, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress and increasing nitric oxide levels. Because gingko improve blood flow it promote healing throughout the body.

Gingko improves skin health.

Gingko is effective against many bacteria that causes gut infections. Gingko has been found to inhibit the herpes simplex virus and many other RNA viruses.

If you take excessive amounts you can experience nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and headaches. High doses of gingko can damage the liver. Also if it is taken for more then three months it can start to damage the liver. I have known people who have taken it long term without liver damage but I see no reason to take it continually once a person has healed. In studies showing it causes liver damage excessive amounts were given for extended periods of time. I do doubt the studies showing it causes liver and kidney damage because gingko is an Nrf2 activator which is the master regulator of the antioxidant enzymes. Humans are exposed to excessive amounts of light now days which damages the photoreceptors in the body. Gingko helps prevent this from happening. So the studies showing the harm it does are suspicious to me.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6373469/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7247675/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4588569/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5215564/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8027744/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8027744/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7826900/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8338821/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7075884/

Yarrow

 

 

 

Achillea Millefolium

This is for educational and informational purposes and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt don’t. If you do not know a plant well do not use it.

I do not like the taste of Yarrow but I do know eating it has had noticeable effects. I noticed I had increased energy levels. There are sites that claim it lowers blood pressure but my friends who had hypertension experienced a rise in their blood pressure when they used Yarrow. Has has been used for many illnesses even hemorrhoids. There are claims that when applied to wounds it stops bleeding. There are many species of Achillea but I am fimiliar with A. Millefolium. The others  chemical makeup is very similar.

https://www.ediblewildfood.com/common-yarrow.aspx

https://wellnessmama.com/7106/yarrow-herb-profile/

It’s effects on cancer.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29883784

Speeds up healing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29731432

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4610620/

Contains Achillolide A which prevents amyloid plaque build up and would help with Alzheimer. Achillolide A has many benefits.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5960475/

Achillolide A reduces reactive oxygen species.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/296602862_Achillolide_A_Protects_Astrocytes_against_Oxidative_Stress_by_Reducing_Intracellular_Reactive_Oxygen_Species_and_Interfering_with_Cell_Signaling

Yarrow helps with diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29031783

Reduces anxiety

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874111008567?via%3Dihub

They claim it reduces blood pressure through it’s diuretic properties but I have seen it increase peoples blood pressure. One thing I did notice the ones it increased blood pressure in did not drink adequate amount of water.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23791807

Improves cognitive abilities, prevents strokes, reduces oxidative stress, reduces symptoms of MS, and helps with neurodegenerative disorders.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569446/

Phytochemicals

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15688780

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has antimicrobial properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5590066/

Only way to describe this is it enhances the immune system.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27083352

Reduces pain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26238568

Appears to kill pain without no toxicity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5686861/

Can cause problems in those with high glutathione levels. This study is viewed as negative but it appears by their results it reduce quinone and would help with interstitial cystitis. If I had time I would get into more detail and explain why.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25870009

Helps with diabetes by protecting pancreatic cells.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4293613/

Reduces oxalates so would help with high oxalate levels and stone formation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4290053/

It is effective against the New Castle Disease Virus and other infections.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4138681/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12860311

Is neuroprotective, protects the brain.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4071708/

Has antispasmodic effects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3847392/

Inhibits histamine H1 receptors and muscarinic receptor.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3831720/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3608287/

This is what I notice in the other study and why I said it would help with interstitial cystitis. It has NO scavenging abilities. The also would help with kidney disease were people have excessive bleeding.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22976260

How it helps with acid reflux or gastric irritation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151891

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20420892

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19093480

How it helps with asthma and hypertension

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20857434

Is a calcium channel blocker. This would help with things like high blood pressure, and other circulatory disorders.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16619341

Yarrow stimulates bile production so would help with constipation and gall bladder issues.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16303291