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Ginkgo for ADHD - Does It Help?

Does using ginkgo for ADHD help to reduce some symptoms?

home remedies for adhdThere is growing awareness among parents that there may be natural ways of controlling or at least reducing ADHD symptoms in both children and adults.

In France and Germany, the herb ginkgo biloba is commonly prescribed by herbalists to treat a variety of memory related disorder. It is also commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It is known to improve blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain. This is one theory for its ability to help improve memory and boost concentration.

Read on to find out what we know about using the herb ginkgo for treating children and adults with ADHD...

Research study on the health benefits of ginkgo for ADHD

There is not a lot of clinical research done specifically on using ginkgo for ADHD treatment. Of the many studies, the two discussed below show that ginkgo may have a significant role to play in reducing ADHD and hyperactivity symptoms in some children.

Study #1

Ginkgo biloba treating patients with attention-deficit disorder.
Niederhofer H.
Phytother Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):26-7.

Dr. Niederhofer demonstrated that volunteers given ginkgo showed significant improvements in hyperactivity and inattention when given ginkgo biloba. No significant side effects were reported.

Granted, this is a very small study involving only six subjects but the benefits seen for the ADHD patients were substantial indeed.

Study #2

Ginkgo biloba for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: a double blind, randomized controlled trial.
Salehi B, Imani R, Mohammadi MR, Fallah J, Mohammadi M, Ghanizadeh A, Tasviechi AA, Vossoughi A, Rezazadeh SA, Akhondzadeh S.
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Feb 1;34(1):76-80.

This 6 week study involving 50 boys and girls showed that ginkgo supplement is less effective than the prescription drug Ritalin for treating ADHD.

The amount of benefit depends on which rating scale the researchers used. Ginkgo was more helpful when rated using the Parent ADHD Rating Scale but only modestly helpful when rated using the Teacher ADHD Rating Scale.

The dose used in this study was between 80 to 120 mg daily.

It was noted by the researchers that the group using Ritalin experienced more side effects like insomnia, headaches and decreased appetite.

Dose to use

Herbalists suggest starting with 40 mg dose taken two or three times daily. The benefits of this herb may take up to 4 weeks to appear. So increase the dose after 4 weeks if needed.

Dose up to 200 mg taken three times daily have been used successfully in other research studies on the benefits of ginkgo for treating other health conditions such as poor memory and dementia.

Bottom line?

Ginkgo does seem to boost attention and improve focus and concentration.

Ginkgo can be a suitable herb to try in children and adults for helping to reduce ADHD symptoms. A product such as Focus Formula containing ginkgo and several other herbs is worth trying for several months.

Herbs can be safely combined with prescription medications like Ritalin when natural treatment alone does not fully control the ADHD symptoms. Always check with your healthcare professional first.  

The Best Remedy for ADHD

home remedies for adhdFocus Formula contains several herbs including ginkgo. It is a better choice than taking each herb individually. This herbal remedy will help to improve concentration and attention for both children and adults. It will encourage normal energy levels and promote blood flow to the brain.

It is professionally formulated using the Full Spectrum Approach (FSA) to ensure maximum benefits from the herbs. The FSA manufacturing method ensures the highest quality, safety and effectiveness.

The company backs up Focus Formula with a 1 year money-back guarantee. And it comes highly recommended by those who are currently using it to improve attention span and concentration in their children.

Other Natural Remedies for ADHD

Our article Natural Remedies for ADHD lists all the proven effective supplements and minerals that can help reduce ADHD symptoms in both children and adults.

It also includes recommended doses to use to ensure maximum benefit.

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Revised: 23.04.2015

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