Gingko Biloba is one of the oldest living plants on earth and its other relatives are extinct and only found in the form of fossils. It is has been used for many years as medicine and food. Almost all the parts of the plant are used. It is also known as the silver fruit or silver apricot.

Medicinal value

It has been used as dietary supplements and known to improve cognitive functions of the body such memory, attention span etc. In individual who have such problems.

There isn’t scientific backing to the claims that it can cure dementia and Alzheimer’s. But traditional medication is said that is works on the above diseases. Though success rates have not been on record and data has not been published for such findings.

It has been said to cure tinnitus, menopausal cognitive problems, high blood pressure, post stroke recovery, macular degeneration and altitude sickness. But these are not backed by scientific evidences. One can see these positive effects in studies.

Culinary use

Most of the plant is naturally cultivated. The nuts are fleshy and they are served on special occasions such as weddings, Chinese New Year, etc. They are put in with other dishes and eaten along with the other menu served.

There is also a hitch if these seeds are eaten in large quantities and over a long period of time, there are chances of poisoning and persons my start with convulsions which can be treated effectively with vitamin B6.

The upper coating of the seeds can cause allergic reactions such as blisters and they have to be handled carefully by getting the coating off wearing gloves and the inner seed is perfectly good to consume.

Side effects

The consumption of gingko may cause disturbing effects on persons who have blood circulation disorders especially persons consuming anti coagulants such as aspirin, warfarin etc. As it may increase internal bleeding, gastrointestinal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, palpitations etc.

Cure for tinnitus using gingko

Tinnitus is not exactly a disease but a condition in which a person feels that there is a voice ringing inside his ear without an external actual noise. The use of gingko in curing tinnitus is not documented but it is said that if tinnitus is caused by the improper flow in the brain then gingko can help and hence tinnitus has been cured other than that there is no factual evidence that tinnitus has been cured by the use of gingko.

Though till today there has been no medical or non medical cure for tinnitus, people have tried gingko extracts for a possible cure. It is mostly driven by a placebo effect. It was tried on people with gingko extract preparations to find out whether they felt any better, as readers would like know that tinnitus is a chronic condition.

Tinnitus is differentiated into types from where actually the damage is caused in the brain. The causes can be work related, stress levels, noise levels, genetic conditions, chemotherapeutic, drug related, loop diuretics, antibiotics etc.