Advanced Healing Only: This information is only for those who have already implemented a special diet for autism. This herb is very targeted and it is wasteful to use a specific herb while your child is still consuming foods that cause inflammation.
What is Ginkgo biloba?
Ginkgo biloba is a very important medicinal herb.
Has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.
Extracts of Ginkgo biloba have been studied in clinical trials for a variety of disease states.
Indications of Need
Ginkgo biloba is typically used for:
● Recall/recognition memory
● Reaction time
● Psychomotor function
● Information processing speed
Ginkgo Biloba & Autism
There are limited scientific studies done with Ginkgo biloba in those with autism but here is the summary:
● In 2009, the first preliminary results of an observation of Ginkgo biloba treating patients with autism saw measurable change in 4 children with autism.
● A double-blind placebo controlled trial of Ginkgo biloba added to risperidone in patients with autistic disorders showed no change in symptoms but also no significant side effects.
Ginkgo Biloba & ADHD
As more and more children heal from autism, scientists and clinicians are noticing that for some as they lose the autism diagnosis they gain an ADHD diagnosis. There is a scientific debate now as to if ADHD should be included on the autism spectrum. It will likely be many years before a consensus is formed...so here's the data in the meantime.
Symptoms of ADHD mainly include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Up to 30% of ADHD patients have no satisfactorily response to drug treatment, need to avoid stimulant therapy, or may not tolerate drugs common side effects.
A number of open-label trials have reported beneficial effects of Gingko biloba for the treatment of ADHD in children.
Open Label: Ginkgo Biloba & ADHD
● A combination herbal product containing American ginseng extract and Ginkgo biloba extract was tested for its ability to improve the symptoms of 36 children with ADHD for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks of treatment, 44% saw improvement in social problems and 74% saw improvement for the Conners' ADHD index and the DSM-IV hyperactive-impulsive attribute.
● Ginkgo biloba extract was tested for its ability to improve the symptoms of 20 children with ADHD for 3-5 weeks. Improvements were detected in quality of life, ADHD core symptoms, and CPT performance.
Clinical Trial: Ginkgo biloba & ADHD
● In 2010, a randomized controlled trial found no efficacy for Ginkgo biloba used as monotherapy when compared with methylphenidate.
● A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial of 66 children with ADHD received methylphenidate plus either Ginkgo biloba or placebo for 6 weeks. Treatment response was defined as 27% improvement from baseline in the ADHD-RS-IV. Concluded that Ginkgo biloba is an effective complementary treatment for ADHD.