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Memory Disorders: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions

  • Gingko biloba, an herb, is a commonly prescribed medication in both Germany and France for memory problems. Over twenty clinical studies have demonstrated its efficacy in relieving the symptoms of headaches, concentration difficulties, poor circulation to the extremities, cerebral vascular insufficiency, and impaired mental performance; it helps relieve presumed side effects of aging, such as short-term memory loss, vertigo, and lack of vigilance. It is also helpful in the treatment of senility, including Alzheimer's disease, cochlear deafness, tinnitus (or buzzing in the ears), senile macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, peripheral arterial insufficiency, arterial erectile dysfunction, and idiopathic cyclic edema (or swelling). Also, preliminary indications exist for its use in the treatment of angina, congestive heart failure, asthma, urticaria (or hives), migraine, depression, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Typical preparation and dose is a standardized extract of 24 percent flavonoid glycosides and 60 percent terpenoids with a dose of 40 mg, three times a day, or 60 mg twice a day with meals. It should be taken consistently for twelve weeks, although most people respond within two to three weeks.

Caution: No severe side effects generally occur, but ginkgo may cause occasional stomach/intestinal upset, headache, irritability, minor allergic skin reactions, restlessness, and possible bleeding, if used with blood-thinning agents such as aspirin or vitamin E.

 

 

 

 

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