Ginkgo Biloba

Case
A mother of a 16-year-old patient with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), whose symptoms are poorly controlled with Ritalin, is interested in having her son try ginkgo. Her son also has chronic recurrent headaches and frequently takes aspirin.
Question
Which of the following is TRUE about gingko?
There are numerous clinical trials supporting ginkgo’s effectiveness in treating ADHD.
The only proven use of ginkgo preparations is to treat Alzheimer’s dementia.

 


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