The genus name Ginkgo is regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese gin kyo, "silver apricot", a reference to the awfully smelly fruits that surround the delicious nut-like seeds. Gingko leaves are found in fossils dating back 270 million years. The Ginkgo’s tenacity can be seen in Hiroshima, where six trees less than 2 km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion, although charred, survived and were soon growing healthily, they are called hibakujumoku. Gingko tea is said to be good for; mild depression, is full of antioxidants, helps against tinnitus, contributes to a higher libido, helps against Raynaud’s disease, possibly helps for Parkinson’s disease sufferers, maybe helps prevent and treat strokes, and ‘according to the internet’, may be used to treat the harmful effects of Multiple sclerosis. Obviously, all the above cures come with a full guarantee… More importantly it is a healthy, tasty, caffeine free drink that could be doing you some good.
It goes without saying that if you're pregnant (or are under the doc for anything) caution should be exercised with herbal decoctions.