Tonic for peripheral circulation
Although most famous for its action as a memory tonic, ginkgo is also an important circulatory tonic. For example, it helps relieve symptoms of both Raynaud's syndrome and intermittent claudication -two conditions associated with peripheral circulation issues. Raynaud's syndrome is characterized by coldness of the extremities and intermittent claudication by severe cramping pain in the legs that is triggered or exacerbated by walking. 0 DOS \(JK Look for supplements standardized for their content of the active constituents ginkgo flavone glycosides, ginkgolides and bilobalides, with a daily dose of 120 mg of a concentrated (50:1) extract, providing the equivalent of 6 g of the dried herb. Higher doses may be required for intermittent claudication -for more information, talk to your healthcare professional.
• Horse chestnut, ginkgo and grapeseed are known or suspected to interact with some prescription medications, so consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking them. Stop taking ginkgo and grapeseed at least 2 weeks before undergoing surgery.
• HCSE occasionally causes side effects including gastrointestinal symptoms,
nausea, headaches and itchy or irritated skin. If this occurs, stop taking the herb and seek medical advice.
• Do not take homemade horse chestnut or ginkgo preparations, as they may contain toxic compounds and/or cause adverse reactions.
• Do not use horse chestnut if you are allergic to latex, as cross-reactivity may occur.
• Do not take HCSE if you have diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or celiac or other intestinal diseases, or if you are taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication, except under professional supervision.
• Grapeseed may reduce iron absorption, so separate doses by 2 hours.
• Ginkgo may cause mild adverse reactions, including dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, headache and allergic skin reactions. More severe reactions, including bleeding problems and seizures, have occasionally been recorded. If symptoms occur, stop taking the herb and seek medical advice.
• Do not take ginkgo if you have any kind of bleeding disorder.
• Do not use any of the herbs listed on this page if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.
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