Ginkgo Biloba High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major concern
for above 40 people all over the world. Almost 50% of people
above 45 years of age suffer from high blood pressure. Coronary
heart diseases, high blood pressure and clotting disorders
are the major risks for serious cardiac arrests.
There are many advancements in this
field, many drugs are being made and delivered to people.
But people are looking for herbal remedies these days, as
they have fewer side effects. There have been many researches
that show the effects of Ginkgo Biloba on the circulatory
There is a research paper written by
Zhang J, Fu S, Liu S, Mao T, Xiu R, Institute of Microcirculation,
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical
College, Beijing. This paper was aimed to investigate the
therapeutic effects Ginkgo Biloba leaves extracts on hypertension
High blood pressure) and its possible mechanisms in the
view of cerebral microcirculation.
Twenty normotensive rats and 24 SHR rats
were used. The arterial blood pressure, red cell velocity
(V), micro-vascular diameter (D), number of open capillaries
(OCN), circulating endothelial cells (CEC) in blood, relative
blood flow (Flow) and frequency (Fc), amplitude (AMP) of
vaso-motion were measured. Untreated SHR rats showed very
severe dysfunction in the microcirculation with high blood
pressure (213 +/- 16.7 mmHg).
The blood pressure decreased significantly
to 153 +/- 20 mmHg in EGb-treated SHRs group, compared with
those of untreated rats (p < 0.01). Both normotensive
(normal blood pressure) and hypertensive (high blood pressure)
suffering rats increased the blood flow velocity and LDF
flow after EGb-treatment.
It was suggested that EGb 761 had therapeutic
effect on SHR rats by increasing blood perfusion, regulating
vasomotion function, opening efficiently capillaries and
releasing the peripheral resistance. The injured vascular
endothelium of SHR rats was also partly reversed by EGb-treatment.
It was concluded that Ginkgo Biloba leave extracts can be
used to normalize hypertension and to protect the cerebral
It's been widely proved that Ginkgo Biloba
has remarkable effects on circulatory system in reducing
the blood pressure, so use of Ginkgo Biloba along with
prescription antihypertensive medications is a possibility
but it should be monitored by a health care provider.
There has been a report of an interaction
between Ginkgo Biloba and Nifedipine, a calcium channel
blocking drug used for blood pressure and arrhythmias.
But Ginkgo Biloba is not advised in every
heart condition. In few heart patients; diuretics like Thiazides
are also given and in one report the Ginkgo Biloba possibly
raised blood pressure; though there is still research going
on over this concerned issue.
But generally Ginkgo Biloba has proved
itself to reduce the clotting and increase the circulation
in the peripheral areas including fingers, toes and scalp.
Hair loss, heart disease, strokes, dementia, Reynaud's
disease, head injuries, leg cramps,
macular degeneration, tinnitus, impotence
due to poor blood flow, and diabetes-related nerve
But like every drug it also needs supervision
of a doctor or health care provider and should be stopped
immediately if any side effects are noticed.