The role of Ginkgo biloba extract in the integrative management of dementia

Janelle M. Wheat, Geoffrey M. Currie, Hosen Kiat

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    Abstract

    The incidence of dementia is steadily rising in developed countries and represents a significant burden to the health care system. Given the limitations with respect to cost effectiveness of conventional pharmaceutical treatment, herbal extracts may provide a sound strategy in preventing dementia, delaying its onset, slowing progression or managing the symptoms of dementias. Gingko biloba has been widely investigated for suitability as an alternative treatment in patients with Alzheimer's disease. While discrepancies exist in historical reviews due to design limitations, this review explores more recent trials and describes the potnetial role for Gingko biloba in the management of dementia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)68-75
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralian Journal of Medical Herbalism
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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