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What is gingko and why do people take it?

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Ginkgo is the leaves from the ginkgo biloba tree. It’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine. Some people take gingko supplements to boost their memory and improve thinking. Evidence is mixed whether it works. Several studies suggest that gingko may help memory problems caused by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Evidence is stronger that gingko can help ease leg pain caused by clogged arteries. More evidence is needed to show if gingko helps with PMS symptoms, altitude sickness, ADHD, and other conditions.

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Fundukian, L., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Natural Standard.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Natural Standard.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 5, 2019

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