The Origins of Plant Medicine: Asia

| June/July 2009

  • Sophie Kittredge

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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