Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest tree on earth

gingkotreeGinkgo Biloba today is known for the many medicinal benefits of its leaves and nuts.

But not many people know that the Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest tree on earth.

Scientists date the ginkgo biloba to 200 million years ago, existing side by side with the dinosaurs.

“It is a living fossil,” says botanist Peter Crane, writing in a 2013 Yale paper, “the only living single species with no known relative.”

Apparently ginkgo biloba originated in China, where some researchers say it has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years.

However, according to Crane, evidence of  actual cultivation— and documentation of the tree’s medicinal benefits began about 1,000 years ago in China.

From there, the broadleafed ginkgo biloba traveled around Asia and up the coastal routes into Korea and Japan, not reaching Europe until the mid-1700s.

The first westerner to learn and write about the amazing tree was Engelbert Kaempfer, who was with the Dutch East India Company.

The modern applications we know today came from the research of German scientists. It is still an important prescription herb in Germany.

In recent years, hundreds of studies on ginkgo biloba have been conducted by German and French scientists.

And what have they discovered?

These European scientists have found that ginkgo extract combined with ginseng is an excellent medicine, especially for older people.

These herbs act together to enhance oxygen intake and utilization. Thus; memory and other mental faculties improve, and scientists hope to develop treatments that may help Alzheimer’s disease.

The studies have also indicated that ginkgo may be of value in treating depression, long distance vision, blood flow to hands and feet and those suffering from headaches, sinusitis, menopause problems, and vertigo.

Ginkgo may also relieve the chronic ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.

Ginkgo’s antioxidant qualities have been shown by European and American scientists to improve platelet and nerve cell functions, as well as blood flow to the nervous system and brain, thus reducing blood viscosity.

Ginkgo biloba is the oldest tree on earth. It may also be the oldest human medicine on earth.

A reverence for ancient health wisdom learned from nature by ancients many generations ago is why so many modern people long to see ancient practices combined with modern knowledge to provide us with the best health possible.

Ginkgo biloba is just one of the herbs you will find in quality whole food supplements and health food stores—which scorn chemical synthetics passed off as vitamins.

Keep in mind that our bodies are smarter than we are. They don’t like synthetics, either.

Sources: Herbalwisdom.com, E360.yale.edu