Gingko

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What is gingko used for and are there any side effects?

Answer

Using gingko is generally well-tolerated and carries very few side effects. Ginkgo biloba is another name for the maidenhair plant, the world's longest-living species of tree. Herbal gingko comes from the leaves of this tree. People commonly take gingko to improve circulatory disorders, including poor circulation in the brain. Specifically, people take it to enhance concentration and memory, reduce dizziness and ringing in the ears, or get rid of headaches.

Potential gingko side effects

While relatively rare, gingko's most common side effects include mild stomach irritation, headaches, and skin rashes. Less common side effects include restlessness, diarrhea, bleeding, palpitations, dizziness, and nausea. These effects occur more commonly at high doses. If you experience any bothersome side effects to gingko, lower your dose or stop using gingko and consult your physician. Taking gingko with meals may help reduce stomach irritation and nausea. Gingko has been reported to increase the risk of seizures in people with seizure disorders. If you are being treated for a seizure disorder, check with your doctor before taking gingko. People with serious medical conditions like heart, liver, or kidney disease haven't been included in studies of gingko. As a result, the safety of gingko for these patients is not known. Always check with your doctor before starting gingko or another herbal supplement.

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