• Gordon Dumoulin

Real spring in China is not complete until...

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 until the iconic Ginkgo Biloba (银杏, ‘silver apricot’) tree, also known in English as Maidenhair tree starts blooming for a new cycle from bright, fresh springtime green to a miraculous golden sight in late autumn !

The ginkgo tree is an icon both in Chinese culture and Traditional Chinese medicine. The tree stands for #longevity and #vitality, often planted at temples and monasteries since ancient times. Sometimes called a ‘living fossil’, it is the only surviving member of the ancient Ginkgophyta order of plants with fossils dating back 270 million years ago.

Ginkgo Biloba leaf is an essential herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), mostly focusing on brain health and blood circulation due to its powerful antioxidants and fighting inflammation. #Anxiety, focus, headaches, #cardiovascularhealth and symptoms of psychiatric disorders and dementia are among others being treated by these unique medicinal leaves.

#china #chineseculture #traditionalchinesemedicine #chinesehistory

Pictures taken in #Tongzhou district, #Beijing | April 14, 2021

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