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Other Names:


Ginkgoaceae (family) / Ginkgo / Fossil Tree / Maidenhair Tree / Japanese Silver Apricot / Baiguo / Bai Guo Ye / Kew Tree / Yinhsing

Botanical Description:


  • Deciduous conifer.
  • A Ginkgo Biloba tree can reach 30 or 40 m height and a spread of 8 meters.
  • The trunk can become about 3 or 4 meters wide in diameter.
  • It is straight columnar and sparingly branched.
  • Young trees have usually a central trunk, pyramidal in shape, with regular, lateral, ascending, asymmetrical branching.
  • The bark is brown and rough. It fissures rough furrows with the age.
  • The leaves of this tree are interesting and unique from any other tree.
  • They are fan-shaped, leathery and smooth.
  • They are often deeply grooved in the middle of the leaf, producing two distinct lobes, hence the name Ginkgo biloba (two lobes).
  • The leaves have a venation pattern that is open dichotomous; the veins fork in pairs from the base of the leaf, and are not cross-connected.
  • They are bright green during the summer, turning gold before dropping in the fall.

Part of Plant Used:


  • Leaves

Main Uses:


A nutritional supplement traditionally used as an aid for asthma and urinary problems and more recently as a circulatory stimulant for cerebral insufficiency and varicose veins.



  • Ginkgo interacts with heart medications, seizure medications, or birth control pills Aspirin (Bayer® and others), Clopidogrel (Plavix®), Heparin or heparin-like products, such as: Dalteparin (Fragmin®), Enoxaparin (Lovenox®), Tinzaparin (Innohep®), Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as: Celecoxib (Celebrex®), Diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®), Etodolac (Lodine®), Ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®), Indomethacin (Indocin®), Ketoprofen (Orudis®), Ketorolac (Toradol®), Meloxicam (Mobic®), Naproxen (Naprosyn®) or naproxen sodium (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®), Nabumetone (Relafen®), Oxaprozin (Daypro®), Warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®).
  • Ginkgo Biloba may affect the way your body responds to diabetes medications, depending on several factors.
  • There are no known interactions; however, with the proliferation of available drugs it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional before taking this or any other supplements.


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