The Origins of Plant Medicine: Asia


Sophie Kittredge

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is very popular in the United States, primarily ­because studies show that it’s effective in improving circulation to the brain and in improving the condition of some Alzheimer’s patients and those suffering from senile dementia. The tree is native to China, where its seeds are used in herbal medicine to relieve wheezing and to treat incontinence and its leaves are used to treat asthma.

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