Ginkgo for ADHD - Does It
Does using ginkgo for ADHD help to reduce some symptoms?
There is growing awareness among parents that there may be natural ways
of controlling or at least reducing ADHD symptoms in both children and
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
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
Read on to find out what we know about using the herb ginkgo for
treating children and adults with ADHD...
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.
|Ginkgo biloba treating patients with attention-deficit disorder.|
Phytother Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):26-7.
Niederhofer demonstrated that volunteers given ginkgo showed
significant improvements in hyperactivity and inattention when given
ginkgo biloba. No significant side effects were reported.
this is a very small study involving only six subjects but the benefits
seen for the ADHD patients were substantial indeed.Study #2
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.
6 week study involving 50 boys and girls showed that ginkgo supplement is less effective than the prescription drug
Ritalin for treating ADHD.
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
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.
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
In these small studies, ginkgo appeared to offer some benefit in boosting attention and improve focus and concentration. Larger and better controlled studies will be needed done to confirm these initial findings.
It may be worth it to give it a try to see if there is any benefit in your situation.
As always, if you are taking any prescription medications, it is recommended that you check with your health care provider to see if ginkgo can be used together.
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