Ginkgo side effects

Precautions:

Although many herbalists consider ginkgo to be poisonous, Ginkgo side effects from supplemental extracts are rare and mild, if they occur at all. Some people might experience diarrhea, a skin reaction, an upset stomach, headaches, or insomnia. The bilobetin and ginkgolic acid in the tree are similar to the irritating phytochemical in poison ivy. Handling the leaves can provoke a skin reaction, as can touching the pulp of the fruit. Consuming too many of the seeds can be toxic—even lethal. Avoid ginkgo if you're taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression.

Ginkgo side effectsSudden nosebleeds or bleeding gums could be a sign that you're taking too much ginkgo. Because the herb thins the blood, you should be especially careful if you have hemophilia or another clotting disorder. The same holds true if you're taking prescription blood thinners; ginkgo enhances the therapeutic impact of such drugs.

This note isn't so much a warning as it is a word to the wise: If you want to lessen your reliance on potentially dangerous drugs and, in the process, save a lot of money, ask your doctor to modify your drug dosages based on how ginkgo helps normalize your vascular health.

 
 
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