Ginkgo leaves and extracts, containing bilobalide terpenes, have strong antioxidant properties that are protective to the entire central nervous system.
Many herbalists consider ginkgo to be an adaptogen because it helps the body appropriately respond to stress, acting as a natural nerve tonic with effectiveness against treating general anxiety disorder and improving one's mood.
Ginkgo is one of those herbs that works really well when used with Panax ginseng for increasing adaptogen properties that help to relieve stress-related tension.
In a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research conducted on young and elderly adults, evidence confirmed enhanced cognitive function, stabilized mood and alleviated anxiety-related symptoms. In another study the "anti-stress" effects of standardized ginkgo extracts were shown to be a result of its ginkgolide compounds and their ability to decrease the expression of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor of the adrenal cortex.
Whilst not native to NZ - our gingko leaves are grown and harvested in New Zealand.