Ginkgo Seed (Baiguo)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Ginkgo|
|Botanical Name:||Ginkgo biloba L.|
|Common Name:||Ginkgo Seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Bencao Gangmu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The ripe seeds are gathered in autumn, cleaned and dried in the sun. After the shells of the seeds have been broken, the seeds are removed and pounded into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet, bitter, astringent, neutral and slightly toxic|
|Functions:||To strengthen lung Qi and soothe asthma
To relieve leukorrhea
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Asthma:
a) Asthma with stifling sensation in the chest and cough with profuse, dilute sputum.
*Use with Ephedra (Mahuang) and Licorice root (Gancao).
b) Asthma with stifling sensation in the chest and cough with thick yellow sputum.
*Use with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi) in the formula Dingchuan Tang.
a) Downward flowing of damp-heat manifested as yellow, odorous leukorrhea.
*Use with Phellodendron bark (Huangbai) and Plantain seed (Cheqianzi) in the formula Yihuang Tang.
b) Deficiency of kidney yang manifested as whitish, odorless leukorrhea.
*Use with Cinnamon bark (Rougui), Astragalus root (Huangqi) and Dogwood fruit (Shanzhuyu).