Researchers suggest an extract of herbal medicine Ginkgo biloba may be effective against COVID-19
Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, USA have published data that suggests extracts of herbal medicine Ginkgo biloba my be effective against COVID-19
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most researched medicinal herbs in the last 20 years. The phytochemical constituents of most interest medicinally are the Terpene lactones (terpenoids), including bilobalide and ginkgolides A, B, C, J; the Bioflavonoids, ginkgolic acid, sterols, procyanidins and polysaccharides and Flavones: quercetin, Kaempferol and isorhamnetin and coumaric acid esters of flavonoids. This new breaking research focused on the antiviral activity of the herbs Ginkgolic Acid(GA) content.
"In light of the antiviral effect of GA on established viral infections of permissive cells, GA potentially could be used to treat acute viral infections e.g. Coronavirus (COVID-19)" the researchers stated. This is very promising research which endorses the use of traditional herbal medicines for their antiviral activity at a time when the world needs them most in tackling the spread of COVID-19.
Antiviral Activity of Ginkgo biloba
When tested on cell lines in their laboratory they discovered that Ginkgo biloba had an amazingly broad antiviral activity on some of the worlds most dangerous virus. "Here we report that Ginkgolic Acid inhibits Herpes simplex virus (cold sores) by inhibition of both fusion and viral protein synthesis. Additionally, we report that GA inhibits human cytomegalovirus genome replication and Zika virus." lead researcher Ronen Borenstein stated. "We also show a broad spectrum of fusion inhibition by GA of all three classes of fusion proteins including HIV, Ebola virus, influenza virus(flu) and Epstein Barr virus."
How Ginkgo biloba Kills The Virus
The researchers believe that the broad spectrum antiviral activity of Ginkgo biloba extract is achieved through the inhibition of viral entry and that this effect could be therapeutically utilized systemically in the context of severe acute viral disease. "Our approach for GA usage to inhibit enveloped virus infection is fundamentally different from traditional microbicidal strategies that target virus genome replication. We anticipate that it could complement other direct antiviral agents and offer a new class of inhibitors of enveloped and non-enveloped viruses"
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Borenstein, R., Hanson, B.A., Markosyan, R.M. et al. Ginkgolic acid inhibits fusion of enveloped viruses. Sci Rep 10, 4746 (2020).