Ginkgo (ginkgo biloba) contains compounds that help to increase the blood flow to the brain, heart, and peripheral arteries. This herb’s antioxidant properties make it a perfect tonic for varicose veins and the heart as well. There have been many clinical trials of standardized ginkgo biloba extract in the last fifteen years that shows that it is not just good for circulation, but it also protects blood vessels, which prevents leaking from veins. Research also suggests that ginkgo lessens the risk of abnormal clotting, which is a major cause of heart attacks and stroke.
Dosage information: 3 capsules, each containing at least 40 milligrams of standardized extract, per day. Caution: Rarely, people who take ginkgo may experience gastrointestinal upset, headaches, or skin allergies as a result.
References: The Herbal Drugstore written by Linda B. White, M.D., and Steven Foster