Ginkogoaceae, often called Maidenhair tree , is a remarkable plant indeed. They have found Ginkgo fossils from the Jurassic era; that’s approximately 190 million years ago.
You can find Ginkgo Biloba trees on many city streets now days. Trees in this family evolved near the Paleozoic Era (500 million years ago), were widespread during the Jurassic Period and then declined during the Tertiary. They grew in Western USA until the Myocene Epoch (26 million years), and then disappeared. The modern tree was not known in the western world until the 17th century, when it was discovered in cultivation in China and Japan. In 1956, Gingko was discovered growing in the wild in China. It is the only modern species, and it is often cited as an example of a living fossil.
Traditionally, Gingko was used by Chinese doctors to treat asthmatic, bronchial and pulmonary conditions. Recently a flavonoid extract of Gingko leaf was discovered to be effective for peripheral blood circulation and circulation to the brain. This is why you see this brain boost herbal products on the market talking about Gingko. Studies on patients between 60 and 80 years old with senile dementia showed measurable improvement in as little as eight weeks. No side effects or habituation have been demonstrated using the average dose of 40 mg, 3 times daily, for 3 months. Even a single dose of 600 mg. given experimentally to young women produced no side effects except improved memory. Gingko is used to treat or improve memory, mental efficiency, ability to concentrate, sociability and mood, especially in the senile and the aged. It has shown to reduce symptoms of senility, senile dementia, tinnitus, visual problems, Alzheimer’s, post phlebitis and more. In fact, just about any condition that could be improved with increased blood flow is likely to benefit from the regular use of Gingko Biloba leaf.