may improve sleep and cognition in depressed patients
According to a small Swiss pilot study of 14 depressed patients, ginkgo
boosts cognitive-psychomotor performance, reduces the number of nighttime
awakenings, and increases both short wave and slow wave sleep. Over
a six-week period, half of the subjects took a prescription antidepressant,
and the others took ginkgo (source does not specify dosage). Although
researchers do not understand the precise mechanism of action, laboratory
studies indicate that ginkgo causes a down-swing in stress hormone activity.
Researchers at Switzerland's Basel Psychiatric University plan to confirm
the results in a larger randomized, double-blind trial.
PR Newswire, May