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