Ginkgo Biloba

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Piper, Jun 25, 2013.

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If you have taken Ginkgo Biloba, did it help your tinnitus?

  1. I noticed an improvement in my tinnitus

    36 vote(s)
    9.4%
  2. I did not notice any improvement

    198 vote(s)
    51.7%
  3. I do not know if it helped (e.g. took other supplements at the same time)

    112 vote(s)
    29.2%
  4. I think my tinnitus got worse due to taking it

    37 vote(s)
    9.7%
    1. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Tinnitus can be accompanied by mild hearing loss too. That type of hearing loss can be something you don't necessarily notice yourself in everyday situations, but is enough to trigger tinnitus.

      In your case, you've lost some in the upper ranges, and that would go hand-in-hand with the high-frequency tinnitus.

      Markku
       
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    2. vickilynn
      Bookworm

      vickilynn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Can't remember
      And it can go up and then back down all of a sudden. I could be doing anything and it goes up in volume an pitch then goes back down. Weird.
       
    3. Jason White

      Jason White Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      So, I'm giving Ginko Biloba a try...

      Anybody here find any relief with it?
       
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    4. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      It is stated above (@erik) that Gingko Biloba will only help if your T is caused by blood circulation issues. That is a rather rare case. Also, if T is causes by circulation issues there are actual medicines for that (Cinnarizine, Serc).
       
    5. thenightman

      thenightman Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2009
      the first time I took gingko was about this time last year. I got it because I had been playing music with my friends and my ears were horrible. For the first month or so it almost completely got rid of my tinnitus to my surprise. Then it stopped working and hasn't worked since. Probably just the placebo effect for me. Give it a try
       
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    6. Ishank
      Wishful

      Ishank Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      22/12/2013
      never worked in my case.
       
    7. RaZaH
      Dancing

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      This whole supplement thing does not make any sense to me , like taking vitamin C for a broken leg.
      Tried all kinds of supplements , none of them did anything.
      Having said that .. If it helps anyone , awesome. ;)
       
    8. Nathaniel Teposo
      Anime

      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      Since I got this TINNITUS, I hear a constant ringing sound and it bothers me when I want to sleep cause I was new to it.
      Ive try everything, some vitamins, herbal and some kind of stuff that the doctor told me.
      But when I see on the internet that ginkgo biloba Candice the ringing sound cause is make the blood flow on out nerve in the ear flow fast and I notic e that.
      Now I'm back to my 50% normal life and hoping to gain more and I also gonna try camomile tea cause I helps to calm down our stress and loss our depression.



      Wish you luck guys.
       
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    9. Jason White

      Jason White Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Yeah, I tried it. Did nothing for me. Not at all surprised.
       
    10. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      7th week since I got T from mild concussion. My ENT prescribed ginkgo+piracetam+vinpocetin. It's been 2 days since I have started taking the medicines and I have a spike today.no amount of sleep seems to be making it better. It has changed from morse code to a constant tone since about 2 weeks
       
    11. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      How can you know it's Ginkgo if you are also taking piracetam and vinpocetin?
       
    12. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      I read somewhere on the forum that gingko can make it worse as it increases the circulation in the ears. I am wondering if gingko is the culprit. Having a bad spike since morning today. Pretty mysterious thing:(
       
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    13. nogood
      Procrastinating

      nogood Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity/infection
      I have prescription for the same ginkgo+piracetam+vinpocetin.
      Well ginkgo and vinpocetin are blood thinners and anti thromboin
      Which helps in case of stroke or blood clots..piracetam supposed to be smart drug.. make ur brain smarter..

      That tablet cleared my brain fog not my T.
       
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    14. MattK

      MattK Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/13/2014
      It could... ginkgo is spposed to improve circulation to the extremities and if it does that, then there really is no telling how your brain will react. Of course, getting off of ginkgo should reduce your circulation. So if you stop ginkgo and your condition doesn't improve then it might not have been the ginkgo at all.
       
    15. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      One thing about tinnitus is unpredictability. It is unlikely ginkgo caused the spike. If in doubt, just cut it off for a few days and see. If the spikes come down, then repeat the test again to confirm. If it is not the ginkgo, then try with the other items on your prescription. Spikes are quite common among T sufferers especially newer ones. So there is no need to worry about it much. It usually settles down to baseline. The fear and worry about spikes can create stress which definitely can cause T to sound louder.
       
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    16. derpytia
      Pooptoast

      derpytia Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      Do any of you the ginkgo biloba could help with inflammation in the eustachian tubes or eustachian tube disorder?
       
    17. tyty
      Wishful

      tyty Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US/Oklahoma
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I have heard that ginkgo biloba can help with inflammation in the eustachian tubes also so I am going to give it a try, I have tried bioflavinoids and they have not helped me at all. My ENT actually recommended them to me.
       
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    18. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      @tyty Yes, let us know if it helps. I found this link on Gingko from the Mayo Clinic:

      http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ginkgo/evidence/hrb-20059541

      Like most supplements, Gingko might be helpful for tinnitus and hearing loss, but rigorous testing is needed.
       
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    19. jchinnis

      jchinnis Member

      Location:
      USA: Northern Virginia and Seattle area
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/1989
      One of the tinnitus "treatments" that has been studied in a large randomized controlled trial is ginkgo. It was found not to differ from placebo.
       
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    20. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      Here's a recent Cochrane review:

      Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Mar 28;3:CD003852. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003852.pub3.

      Ginkgo biloba for tinnitus.
      Hilton MP1, Zimmermann EF, Hunt WT.
      Author information

      Abstract
      BACKGROUND:
      This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in The Cochrane Library in Issue 2, 2004 and previously updated in 2007 and 2009.Tinnitus can be described as the perception of sound in the absence of external acoustic stimulation. At present no specific therapy for tinnitusis acknowledged to be satisfactory in all patients. There are a number of reports in the literature suggesting that Ginkgo biloba may be effective in the management of tinnitus. However, there also appears to be a strong placebo effect in tinnitus management.

      OBJECTIVES:
      To assess the effect of Ginkgo biloba in patients who are troubled by tinnitus.

      SEARCH METHODS:
      We searched the Cochrane Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Group Trials Register; the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL); PubMed; EMBASE; AMED; Web of Science; BIOSIS Previews; Cambridge Scientific Abstracts; ICTRP and additional sources for published and unpublished trials. The date of the most recent search was 12 March 2012.

      SELECTION CRITERIA:
      Adults (18 years and over) complaining of tinnitus or adults with a primary complaint of cerebral insufficiency, wheretinnitus forms part of the syndrome.

      DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS:
      Both original authors independently extracted data and assessed trials for quality. For the 2012 update two authors determined trial eligibility, extracted data, analysed data and updated the contents of the review.

      MAIN RESULTS:
      Four trials with a total of 1543 participants were included in the review; we assessed all the included studies as having a low risk of bias. Three trials (1143 participants) included patients with a primary complaint of tinnitus and one (400 participants) included patients with mild to moderate dementia, some of whom had tinnitus.There was no evidence that Gingko biloba was effective in patients with a primary complaint oftinnitus. In the study of patients with dementia, mean baseline levels of tinnitus were low (1.7 to 2.5 on a 10-point subjective symptom rating scale). A small but statistically significant reduction of 1.5 and 0.7 points was seen in patients taking Gingko biloba with vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease respectively. The practical clinical significance of this is unclear. The incidence of side effects was low.

      AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS:
      The limited evidence does not demonstrate that Ginkgo biloba is effective for tinnitus when this is the primary complaint.

      Update of
      Reference:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23543524
       
    21. Nathaniel Teposo
      Anime

      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      i think ginkgo biloba works on pulsatile T
       
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    22. TwinGlocks

      TwinGlocks Member

      Location:
      Houston, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/20/2013
      I've been taking ginkgo biloba for balance. No change in T.
       
    23. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      I think I got nosebleeds from taking Ginkgo...
       
    24. raymundo2245

      raymundo2245 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I tried gingko and did nothing for me, I am gonna go with a bunch of different doctors to see where my t came from and defenitely, gingko did not work for me, my first ENT said it was due to noise, but I doub it!
       
    25. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      I took gingko for 20 days along with piracetam and it did nothing for me. I think it's hyped too much when we perhaps have a couple of other suppliments which have indeed proved helpful for some sufferers. Better options are available
       
    26. teacheraldo

      teacheraldo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      <well my T, sometiems goes away, or I just dont notice it, but soemtiems its just there, a lot, Im beggining to think It will stuck with me during my lifetime, Ive been doing yoga, it helps, been taking vitamin B for stress, havent notice any change, but if something comes out that cures this sympthom, please let it know
       
    27. Mark Griffin
      Depressed

      Mark Griffin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      Did nothing for me unfortunately.
       
    28. Lucy B
      Dancing

      Lucy B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Pennsyvania
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)
      Has anyone tried acupuncture?
       
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    29. Thongjy
      Balanced

      Thongjy Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      Just to check who is taking Ginkgo Biloba?

      Does taking it actually worsen the T?

      I am taking 240mg everyday and it seems to increase my T but not very sure if that is due to other factors.
       
    30. AlecP
      Procrastinating

      AlecP Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma (I think)
      It shouldn't do...to be honest it probably won't have any noticeable effect at all either good or bad :)
       

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