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Ginkgo May Assist MS Patients
San Diego CA, 7 May 2002

Ginkgo biloba may help cognitive symptoms in patients who have mild multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, presented results of their research at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (am.aan.com), held April 13 through 20 in Denver CO. This research was sparked by other findings that ginkgo may be beneficial for Alzheimer's patients.

The researchers conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, six-month study with 21 patients. One group received placebo for 3 months and then 240 mg/day of ginkgo biloba for another 3 months. The other group received ginkgo biloba for six months.

Patients were given neuropsychological tests at baseline, 3 and 6 months. They also answered questions about fatigue and their quality of life. At 3 months, the ginkgo group showed significant differences from the placebo group.

Researchers conclude that ginkgo biloba is well tolerated at this dosage level (240 mg/day), and may be useful for attention, memory and functioning of patients having mild MS. They caution that further research with more people over longer periods of time would be valuable.


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