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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredGingko biloba is intended for people who have mental impairments such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease, memory loss or slower thinking with age. Do not take gingko biloba without the advice of your doctor. Consult with your doctor about other, perhaps more successful, ways to treat your condition.
Claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries)
Numerous studies suggest that ginko (Ginkgo biloba) taken by mouth causes small improvements in claudication symptoms (leg pain with exercise or at rest due to clogged arteries). However, ginkgo may not be as helpful for this condition as exercise therapy or prescription drugs.
Dementia (multi-infarct and Alzheimer's-type)
Overall, the scientific literature does suggest that ginkgo benefits people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and multi-infarct dementia, and it may be as helpful as acetylcholinesterase inhibitor drugs such as donepezil (Aricept®). Well-designed research comparing ginkgo to prescription drug therapies is needed.
Multiple clinical trials have evaluated ginkgo for a syndrome called "cerebral insufficiency." This condition, more commonly diagnosed in Europe than the United States, may include poor concentration, confusion, absentmindedness, decreased physical performance, fatigue, headache, dizziness, depression, and anxiety. It is believed that cerebral insufficiency is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain due to clogged blood vessels. Some research has reported benefits of ginkgo in patients with these symptoms, but most have been poorly designed and without reliable results.
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