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Biodiversity Report Ginkgo biloba By Bashir Hussain 4538717 BIO 2137 September 24, 2007 Department of Biology University of Ottawa Gingko biloba Summary: The Ginkgo biloba is a dioecious gymnosperm whose medicinal abilities have been taken advantage of for hundreds of years. Its ability to assist in treating memory impairments, cognitive speed, and aging disorders truly distinguishes it as a unique plant. Importance: Gingko biloba has been used in a wide variety of applications in the past and today. But its most common use has been in the area of medicinal science where its importance and benefits have made significant changes in peoples’ lives. Record of its earliest use dates back to the Han dynasty in China from 206BC-220AD (Kwant, 2004). The leaves, known as Bai- guo-ye in Chinese, were used to help in blood circulation and in lung efficiency, by relieving symptoms of asthma and cough. In 1946, Lan Mao’s Dian Nan Ben Cao was published, which mentioned the use of Gingko biloba as a treatment for skin, head sores, freckles, and diarrhea. (Kwant, 2004).
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Currently, the Ginkgo biloba is being used across the world in places such as Canada, the United States, and in Europe primarily for its diverse medical use, ranging from circulatory and nervous system benefits. Circulatory System: The flavanoid compounds in the Ginkgo biloba specifically have the role of dilating the capillaries of the circulatory system. This results in a benefit to all organs, and in particular, the brain, because an increased flow of blood and oxygen is able to be transported. Research has reported that a high increase in blood circulation and oxygen levels in brain tissue
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