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Ginkgo leaf (G. biloba)*

Indicated in cases of chronic cerebral vascular insufficiency such as vascular insufficiency headaches, diabetic retinopathy, tinnitis, poor memory and senility.It has both bronchiodilator and anti-inflammatory properties useful in treating asthma.Ginkgo is also used for peripheral arterial insufficiency, varicose veins and impotence caused by impaired circulation.

Lycium fruit (Lycium chinense)*

A rich source of flavonoid compounds which strengthen vascular integrity. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used especially to increase circulation to the lower extremities ( i.e. cold feet, varicose veins, peripheral neuropathy) and also to strengthen the eyes and visual acuity.

Chrysanthemum flower (Chrysanthemum morifolium)*

Long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for eye problems, headaches and dizziness. It cools painful, dry and swollen eyes and can be used for excessive tearing, seeing spots or blurry vision.

Blueberry fruit (Vaccinium spp.)*

Becoming increasingly well known as an excellent source of flavonoids (anthocyanosides) which nourish the capillaries, especially of the eye. Chemically almost identical to Bilberry (European species), Blueberry can be used for capillary fragility and permeability, varicose veins and peripheral neuropathies.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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