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GINKGO (Ginnkgo biloba) - The Longevity Extract
By Martin Ravitsky

Ginkgo is a tree that has been on the planet for over 200 million years (Permian period), and individual trees live for over a thousand years. Once common on the continents of Europe and America, it was decimated by the Ice Age and now survives only in China as a medicinal tree, where its leaves are mentioned in classical texts dating from 2800 B.C. It was introduced into the US in the 17th Century as an ornamental and now is ubiquitous throughout the continent especially in the cities because it is so resistant to insects, viruses, fungus and pollution. Your block probably has one!

The leaves picked from specially selected trees contain sufficient quantities of the unique terpenes: bilbolides and ginkgolides, and flavonoids; quercetin, kaempferol and isorthamnetin go through a process of extraction and concentration. The extract is then put into a guaranteed, potency capsule. Three 40 mg capsules per day are recommended and at this dose it is non-toxic and usually causes no adverse reaction. Skin rash responses in some people will disappear on cessation of use.

This plant is an excellent anodyne for people with trauma and disease, because it promotes the formation of self-healing compounds. There is a Law of Signatures which correlates the Cancer Forum morphological properties of the plant with the corresponding systems and organs in the body. For example, red beets and strawberries are said to be good blood builders, walnuts aid the brain, and ginkgo leaves, which look like neurons, have been shown to stabilize nerve cell walls the integrity of which is essential for nutrients to pass into the cell, and waste to be exuded. Neural metabolism, which relies on micronutrients getting into the cell, creates an abundant supply of neurotransmitters, which results in improved reaction time and alertness. Ginkgo has also been shown to be an excellent anti-oxidant, stabilizing the metabolic system and improving internal well-being in a polluted and junk-food environment.

A recent double blind study with healthy elderly people administered 120 mg of ginkgo against a placebo, demonstrated that use increased memory, alertness and improved reaction time. With elderly dementia patients there was a marked improvement over three months of memory and coordination showing the efficiency of this herb to stabilize and protect brain cell membranes, enhance the uptake of glucose and oxygen, facilitate the production of neurotransmitters and neutralize free radicals.

Ginkgo has also the effect of tonifying the entire vascular system. The flavonoids contained in the leaves dilate blood vessels and thus increase oxygen throughout the body and reduce blood pressure. It tones and straightens the blood vessels of the eyes and ears and is effective in the aging and diabetic eye and hearing loss and vertigo in the elderly. It reduces damage due to any arterial or venous insufficiency due to functional or structural problems. It will alleviate blood vessel spasm and vasomotor paralysis. Thus it helps with conditions such as poor circulation in hands and feet, hemorrhoids, and difficult and painful walking due to poor circulation in the legs.

The ginkgolides in the leaves stimulate the cells of the blood vessel wall to produce prostaglandin, a hormone that inhibits platelet aggregation, a pathological process which forms venous clots which lead to heart thrombii and strokes. Plaque formation, the sticking together of platelets, plus free radical damage cause atherosclerosis. The potent extract of ginkgo has proved very effective for this condition.

Modern clinical and scientific studies on ginkgo were begun in Europe in the 70s and showed promise as a longevity agent. Remember the Law of Signatures and how old this tree grows!! Old people get strokes, demyelinization diseases (the shakes), stiff and painful joints, cardiovascular disease and the big C. Ginkgo can help with all of them as well as improving mental and sense acuity, especially when its use is combined with healthy diet, regular exercise, proper relaxation, emotional maturity, and a happy countenance!

Martin Ravitsky is a health educator and a holistic practitioner in Manhattan.

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