Harvesting your own ginkgo is unwise

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

January 13, 2002|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate

Q. I have ginkgo trees in my yard. Can I use their leaves? Store-bought herbs are so pricey.

A. To get a reliable product, ginkgo leaves are harvested in the fall and then extracted under controlled conditions. You could pick your own ginkgo leaves, but you would not know how much to take for the results you intend.

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