Vicki Martin, Nutritionist and Naturopath
You can take Ginkgo long term with no ill effects provided you maintain the correct dosage, and that you clear any medications you are taking first with your healthcare professional.
This will depend on how long you have had your problem, and how much you want to change your lifestyle. If you have chronic stress, poor diet and sleep patterns, and constantly use caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, you will find it takes longer for the herb to take effect.
Ginkgo’s actions are supported by high levels of nutrients from regular healthy meals, low caffeine and alcohol intake, low stress levels, and good sleep patterns. Staying warm in cold weather, and consuming warm drinks and warm meals during cold conditions also benefits blood circulation.
Ginkgo is very effective to take at this time. It can not only benefit your memory, but also assist with mental alertness, and decrease mental lethargy and depression.
Ginkgo is very beneficial to take when you travel to help prevent blood clots in the legs due to long hours of cramped sitting. For best protection, start this herb about 2 weeks before you commence travel, and continue for a week or two after you arrive at your destination.