In this Article
- What other names is Ginkgo known by?
- What is Ginkgo?
- Is Ginkgo effective?
- How does Ginkgo work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Ginkgo.
Ginkgo seeds contain substances that might kill bacteria and fungi which cause infections in the body. The seeds also contain a toxin that can cause side effects like seizure and loss of consciousness.
There is some concern that ginkgo might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Ginkgo thins the blood and decreases its ability to form clots. A few people taking ginkgo have had bleeding into the eye and into the brain, and excessive bleeding following surgery.
Some research suggests that a specific combination of ginkgo leaf extract plus American ginseng might be safe in children when used short-term.
Ginkgo seeds might not be safe. Long-term use or use of medicinal amounts can cause serious side effects including stomachache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, difficulty breathing, weak pulse, shock, seizures, loss of consciousness, and death.
Do not take ginkgo if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. It might increase the risk of bleeding.
- You have a bleeding problem.
- You have seizures, convulsions, or epilepsy.
- You are trying to get pregnant or father a child.
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