Ginkgo is reputed to help poor memory, confusion, and dizziness. It is suppose to alleviate cerebral insufficiency by increasing the blood flow to the brain. It may also have an antioxidant effect.
Ginkgo appears to produce vaso constriction and to have some sort of antioxidant effect.
Ginkgo can cause stomach upset, headache, and allergy. The fruit pulp and seeds are toxic if ingested. Bilateral subdural hematomas have been reported with chronic use.
People must realize that ginkgo may not "work".
There are no known drug interactions.
Br J Clin Pharmacol 1992;34:352
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