Herbs with testosterone-like effects: Ginkgo Biloba

Excerpt from Dr. Susan Lark’s Healing Herbs for Women

The Ginkgo biloba tree originated about 250 million years ago, and a single tree can live as long as 1,000 years. It is often planted in urban settings, lining fashionable streets and decorating parks, as it resists disease, insects, and pollution.

Modern science is finding that this ancient plant has a wide range of benefits, including improving blood flow, preventing the brain from aging, and improving all four stages of sexual response—desire, excitement (lubrication), orgasm, and resolution. These are powerful testosterone like effects on sexual function. It has even been shown to reverse sexual dysfunction in women taking certain antidepressants.

When it comes to helping improve blood flow, there is no debate as to ginkgo’s benefits. Three hundred published scientific papers and 40 double-blind studies have proven its efficacy. This is due, in large part, to the rich store of antioxidant bioflavonoids found in ginkgo. This also allows this amazing herb to help improve circulation and fight inflammation in just about every organ system in the body, as well as scavenge free radicals.

As for your brain health, ginkgo increases blood flow and energy production, as well as improves production of neurotransmitters; chemicals that help transmit nerve signals. Plus, ginkgo protects brain and nerve cells from deteriorating by stabilizing cell walls and scavenging free radicals that can destroy delicate cell structures. It also helps maintain the brain’s supply of energy in the form of glucose and oxygen. This is beneficial, as it supports healthy neurotransmitter- and brain-based hormone prod-uction.

Suggested Dosage:  I suggest taking 30 mg of Ginkgo biloba extract (standardized to 24 percent flavonoid glycosides and 6 percent terpene lactones) three times a day. Ginkgo is extremely safe and side effects are uncommon.

For more information about ginkgo biloba or other herbs with testosterone-like effects, see my book Dr. Susan Lark’s Healing Herbs for Women available on AmazonAmazon Kindle and Womens Wellness Publishing.

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