Ginkgo Nut (Bai Guo - 白果)
September 01, 2021
Have you ever heard about Ginkgo Biloba?
That is the Botanical name of Ginkgo Nut. So, they are the same thing.
The native of this plant is Guangxi, Sichuan and Henan provinces, China. The ginkgo nut is harvested in autumn.
The best quality is large and yellowish white color of shell, plump kernel with light yellow color of cross-section. The best one is in Guangxi province.
This herb can be used to astringes the lungs, expels phlegm and stops wheezing, stabilizes the lower jiao, eliminates dampness, stops discharge and astringes the urine.
Based on TCM, some indications that can be treat by this herb with specific dosage and formulation are phlegm in the lungs with wheezing and coughing (especially useful for chronic coughs or those with copious phlegm), lung heat asthma, lower jiao deficiency with vaginal discharge and turbid urine.
Pharmacological effect of this herb is antibiotic, respiratory, cardiovascular, and uterine stimulant.
Note: this is just an information regarding Ginkgo Nut. For the usage and dosage and for the specific health issue, please consult with the herbalist or your health care provider.
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