Ginkgo: tinnitus.

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Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: gingko biloba
From: (Daniel Dorff)
Date: 2 Jun 1995 02:37:52 GMT

> Has anyone used this herb called Gingko Biloba?

This is a fairly reliable treatment for tinnitus (ringing in the ears). 30-50% of tinnitus sufferers find that gingko biloba extract pills reduce the intensity of the ringing. I take 2 60mg capsules a day. Similar to the explanation for brain functions, it appears to increase blood flow to the ears too.

From: (java2)

>Has anyone used this herb called Gingko Biloba? What does it do and has anyone had results?

It also ringing in the ears (titinitus). One capsule a day for 3 to 4 weeks. I have found that any recurrence will be stopped with one or two capsules.

From: (Jonathan Treasure) (jon) wrote:
> In case nobody has it, the questions I had in particular were: Can you eat ginkgo leaves whole, or is that not advisable? Can the leaves be made into a tea? What part of the ginkgo is used to make ginkgo biloba extract?

Eating the leaves, or even infusing them is not common practice. There is nothing to *STOP* you from doing it I suppose, but it would not be an effective way of ingesting medicinal amounts of the herb. You need a lot for results - which is why some companies have produced concentrated extracts which are the equivalent of about 80:1 strength of what they consider to be the active ingredients. In other words one gram of standardised extract is likkke eating 80 grams of dried leaf.It is the leaf that is used in herbal medicine.

From: (Jonathan Treasure)

Moses David Goldberg <> wrote:
>We should not forget that Gingko has been used for thousands of years in practice before reductionistic capitilistic herbal companies came out with standardized extracts. The healing effecacy and synergy of the gingo leaves in tea or tinctures should not be underscored. It may not have 24% of Gingkolodes per batch but I would rather take the tincture then all the packaging and evironmental waste that comes along in your $20 box of Standard Extract Pills.
>Hope that wasn't to judgemental...............

Not at all ! I agree with your predilection - it is the case that all the original European Gingko research was done with standard 1:3 tinctures. My own opposition to standardisation is not so much packaging although that is loathsome, but that it runs counter to the fundamental idea that the whole plant is the basis of its medicinal properties. Today's active ingredient is tomorrow's redundant constituent...who makes these decisions anyway? It is the scientific phytomedicine companies marketing departments... However - in the case of Gingko ( and one or two other herbs) there IS an argument for taking a *concentrated* format because a large amount of regular tincture is needed to achieve results in eg senile memory performance. It does not have to be standardised - a regular reconstituted solid extract would do the job.