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Overview of ginkgo biloba as a natural remedy for depression and whether ginkgo biloba works for treatment of depression.

What is Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo biloba tablets are made from the leaves of the Maidenhair tree.

How does it work?

Ginkgo biloba is supposed to improve the supply of blood to the brain.

Is Ginkgo Biloba effective for Depression?

There has only been one scientific study looking to see if ginkgo biloba works for depression. This study found no effect.

Are there any disadvantages to Ginkgo Biloba?

None are known.

Where do you get Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo biloba is available from health food shops and some supermarkets.


Ginkgo is unlikely to help depression.

Key references

Lingaerde O, Foreland AR, Magnusson A. Can winter depression be prevented by Ginkgo biloba extract? A placebo-controlled trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 1999; 100: 62-66.

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