Many seeing this leaf will say: A two-leaf clover! …but no, nothing to do with clover. This is the leaf of a tree known as Ginkgo Biloba and has an ancient tradition with our medicine. It is particularly good with blood 🩸 and circulation.
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Ginkgo Biloba has been in our medicine for thousands of years
Before starting to talk about its properties, we are going to give a few glimpses of its history, which is very interesting.
You may remember in a previous article that we talked about Arnica and that it had a Greek ancestry. In this case, for this plant, we move further east on the globe and appear in…China! This was where for the first time there is evidence that these leaves were used as ointments. Leaves that, to this day, are still used in modern herbalists.
His name in Chinese is 銀杏; yin xing, which means silver apricot and was very popular in China for many years until it was introduced in Japan in the 17th century, around the year 1635, and from there it has spread to other cultures such as Korea, the United States, France and even Spain. Places where this tree can grow thanks to its mild climates.
The properties of its leaves improve blood circulation
On the left side you have a forest of Ginkgo Biloba, a beautiful image.
And on its right side you can see the fruit it bears and why the Chinese called it a silver apricot.
And now yes, let’s talk about its properties.
An extract called “flavonoids” is obtained from the leaves of Ginkgo Biloba, which in this case is made up of ginkgoloids and heterosides. Flavonoids, when consumed, have a special effect on our body, which increases central and peripheral blood circulation.
In other words, the blood supply to our organic tissues becomes more efficient. But how does it perform that function?
The cause of the increased blood supply is that it dilates the blood vessels, which makes the blood flow better. There are other studies that mention that it also has an antiaggregant function, or, in other words, that it prevents platelets from clumping together.
The most common ways to consume these leaves is by ingesting them, although it can be used in all kinds of formats, such as infusions, teas, gels, creams and ointments.
In our Phytodoxia laboratory, we use the extract of these leaves in one of our flagship products, PhytoLegs Gel. It is a product that combines the leaves of Ginkgo Biloba with other similar plants and is focused on improving the blood supply to the legs and eliminating the feeling of heaviness. We recommend it especially for people who have varicose veins, cramps, swelling, etc.
In short, the leaves of Ginkgo Biloba are very positive if you have blood circulation problems in your legs.
We encourage you to try it!