Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments: #40 Ginkgo Biloba

#40 Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba has been found to increase circulation and help with hair growth. It does this by increasing blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body, and micro-capillaries. By improving circulation to these capillaries, the body is able to more-effectively deliver oxygen and nutrients to the scalp, thus promoting hair growth.

Both men and women could benefit from using ginkgo biloba as it improves circulation – regardless of gender – and contains antioxidants. However, it is worth noting the herb will not have any impact on either male or female pattern baldness as both are genetic conditions.

There is no set dosage for ginkgo biloba. However, a daily 120mg – 240mg supplement is considered to be safe and effective. Patients should be aware it might take up to six weeks before they notice any difference.

Ginkgo biloba is widely considered safe to use, however some users may experience headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The herb has also been known on very rare occasions to cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a skin condition indicating a very strong reaction to medication. This usually begins with flu-like symptoms followed by a rash that blisters. If this occurs, users must contact their doctor immediately.

Ginkgo biloba should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women as not enough research into whether or not it is safe for mother and baby has been completed. The herb could also cause early labour. People with epilepsy should also avoid ginkgo biloba as it may cause seizures.

Ginkgo biloba is not a set cure for alopecia, but it can be effective when used in a formula or in conjunction with another treatment/product.  Ginkgo biloba can be taken in supplement form or topical solution.  This potent ingredient is commonly used in many hair loss treatments.

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