INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Ginkgo
Common English: Ginkgo Nut
Herbs that Stabilize and Bind (Astringents)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Bitter
Astringent
Neutral
Slightly Toxic
Kidney
Lung
(Heart)
3-10g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Astringes Lung, expels Phlegm and stops wheezing

Phlegm in the Lungs with wheezing and coughing (especially useful for chronic coughs or those with copious Phlegm)

Lung Heat asthma

Stabilizes the Lower Jiao, eliminates Dampness, stops discharge and astringes the urine

Lower Jiao Deficiency with vaginal discharge and turbid urine (used for both Deficiency and Damp-Heat)

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Excess conditions.
  • Contraindicated for those with Exterior patterns during the initial stages of a cough.
  • Contraindicated for those with Lung Yin Deficiency with cough with sticky, yellow Phlegm.
  • Contraindicated for those with Cold and Dampness.
  • Use caution with viscous sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.
  • It is slightly toxic. Do not take in large quantities or for a long time.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Bai Guo Ye may alter bleeding time and should be used with caution for those anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications such as warfarin.
  • Bai Guo Ye extract may potentiate the antiplatelet and antithrombotic effects of ticlopidine.
  • discontinue use two to three weeks prior to surgery.

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi

Rx. Glehniae/Adenophorae
Sha Shen
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Sm. Euryales
Qian Shi
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao

Cough and wheezing with excessive yellow sputum due to Lung Deficiency with Hot Phlegm

Chronic cough with Lung Deficiency

Vaginal discharge due to Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Sm Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi

Sm. Nelumbinis
Lian Zi
Fr. Piperis
Hu Jiao
Chicken

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao
Fr. Alpineae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren

Damp-Heat induced, yellow vaginal discharge with a foul odor

Thin, watery vaginal discharge due to Lower Jiao Deficiency

Urinary frequency and incontinence

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang

Fr. Perillae
Zi Su Zi

Flos Farfarae
Kuan Dong Hua
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Periopstracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Calms wheezing

Asthma, dyspnea or cough

Chronic cough with loss of voice

Gecko
Ge Jie

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi

Rx. Glehniae/Adenophorae
Sha Shen
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Chronic wheezing due to Kidney and Lung Qi Defiociency

Accelerated respiration with yellow Phlegm

Feeble, dry cough

Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Periopstracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao

Fol. Celosiae
Ji Guan Hua

Chronic loss of voice with Dryness

Spermatorrhea

White vaginal discharge due to Kidney Deficiency

Rx. Dioscoreae Hypoglaucae
Bei Xie
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren

Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren
Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

 

Cloudy urine

Frequent urination

Frequent urination

Enuresis

 

  1. Some sources say that this herb stops bleeding.
  2. Symptoms of overdose include headache, fever, tremors, irritability, and dyspnea.
  3. The antidote is 60 gm Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao or 30 gm of boiled Ginkgo shells.
  4. Include the hard shells and thin linings of the seeds to prevent side effects.
  5. Overdoses can lead to skin disorders and in serious cases, shedding of the mucous membranes.
  6. It is used when there is a large amount of sputum and especially when there is Lung weakness.
  7. Ginkgo seeds are used as food but are slightly toxic and can adversely affect children if used too much.
  8. When used for coughs and wheezing, it is most suitable for patterns that tend toward Heat.
  9. Both Bai Guo and Fr. Schisandrae Wu Wei Zi astringe the Lungs to treat cough and wheezing and treat lower burner pathology. Bai Guo primarily restrains the Lungs to stop wheezing and is most appropriate for wheezing due to Lung Heat with profuse Phlegm. It treats turbid vaginal discharge primarily due to Dampness. Wu Wei Zi primarily astringes the Lungs to stop coughs but it is warmer and thus better suited to chronic coughs due to Lung Deficiency or cough and wheezing due to Lung Cold with profuse Phlegm. It astringes the Lower Jiao and enriches Kidney water and is mainly used for enuresis, urinary frequency, spermatorrhea and diarrhea. It also generates Fluids and restrains the Heart Qi to treat injury to the Qi and Yin leading to insatiable thirst, excessive sweating, irritability and insomnia.
  10. Dry-fried Gingko Chao Bai Guo is less toxic and a stronger astringent to settle wheezing, astringe urine and stop vaginal discharge.
  11. Gingko Leaf (Folium Gingko) Bai Guo Ye or Yin Xing Ye is sweet, bitter, astringent and neutral. It enters the Lung channel and preserves the Lungs and calm wheezing while invigorating the Blood and stopping pain. It treats cough from Lung Deficiency, a stifling sensation in the chest and chest pain. The dosage is 3-6g. Powdered and made into cakes, they stop dysenteric disorder. It also treats peripheral, cerebral and coronary vascular disorders. It also helps varicose veins. It tonifies Kidney Jing to treat mental focus, poor memory dizziness and depression associated with premature senility. It prevents premature aging and damage by environmental toxins.
  12. The Gingko tree is the oldest species of tree in existence.
  13. It is also called silver apricot.