How much Ginkgo biloba should I take?
Unlike medication, standard doses for the ginkgo biloba have not been established. There is inadequate information available to determine the best dosage. The standard dosage mostly depends on the desired outcomes (Diamond and Mondragon, 2017). If you are taking ginkgo biloba supplements for the treatment of:
- Memory impairment, poor circulation or cardiovascular disorders-Take 120 to 240 mg per day in two or three divided dosages.
- Tension glaucoma-Take 40 m of ginkgo biloba daily for up to four weeks
- Premenstrual syndrome-Take 80 mg of ginkgo biloba supplements daily during your menstrual cycle (Dante and Facchinetti, 2011).
- Peripheral vascular disease, vertigo or tinnitus-Take, not more than 120 mg per day in divided two to three doses.
- Raynard’s disease-Take 360 mg of ginkgo biloba per day in two to three divided doses.
- Schizophrenia-Take 120-360 mg per day divided into three doses has been recommended for 8 weeks.
- Anxiety-Take Ginkgo biloba supplement from 60 to 180 mg in three times per day for 4 weeks has been reported.
- Alzheimer’s disease-Take 120–240 mg daily in divided doses, standardized to contain 24–32% flavone glycosides (flavonoids or heterosides) and 6–12% triterpene lactones (terpenoids) has been recommended Yang et al., 2016).
- Dizziness and depression- Take leaf extract called EGb 761 of 160 mg have been recommended once in a day or divided into two doses for 3 months to relieve the depression and dizziness.
- Memory problems-Take 120–240 mg daily in divided doses to improve memory.
- Multicenter double blind-It has been suggested to take a single dose of 240 mg of EGb 761 for 24 weeks was safe showing a significant advantage over placebo for apathy, sleep and behavior.
- Intermittent claudication-Take 120–240 mg of ginkgo biloba divided in 2 to 3 doses per day.
- Vision loss-Take 120 to 160 mg has been recommended in two or three doses per day for 1 year.
- Dementia-Take 60-460 mg per day ginkgo biloba extract in two to three divided doses for up to one year. Improvement of one or more measures has been associated with doses ranging from 120 to 300 mg/day for 3-13 weeks (Herrschaft et al., 2012).
Time duration for using Ginkgo biloba depends on the conditions
- The recommended use of ginkgo biloba is for at least six weeks for blood vessels disorders in the circulatory system.
- The use of ginkgo biloba should be limited to six to eight weeks in vertigo or tinnitus, unless there are signs of continued effectiveness.
- Ginkgo biloba should be used for at least eight weeks for the treatment of impaired memory.
Ginkgo biloba mostly comes in the form of liquid extract, colas, capsules, extracts, sprays r tablets. You should follow all the instruction and warnings on the package of your ginkgo biloba to avoid any side effects. You should take ginkgo biloba with a full glass of water that helps your body to absorb this supplement. Do not take ginkgo biloba with any other medication that may interact with it, especially seizure drugs and blood thinners.
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Dante, G., & Facchinetti, F. (2011). Herbal treatments for alleviating premenstrual symptoms: a systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 32(1), 42-51.
Diamond, B. J., & Mondragon, A. (2017). Ginkgo biloba. Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice. Washington: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 149.
Herrschaft, H., Nacu, A., Likhachev, S., Sholomov, I., Hoerr, R., & Schlaefke, S. (2012). Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761® in dementia with neuropsychiatric features: a randomised, placebo-controlled trial to confirm the efficacy and safety of a daily dose of 240 mg. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(6), 716-723.
Yang, G., Wang, Y., Sun, J., Zhang, K., & Liu, J. (2016). Ginkgo biloba for mild cognitive impairment and alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Current topics in medicinal chemistry, 16(5), 520-528.