Ginkgo Biloba

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

  1. I noticed an improvement in my tinnitus

    39 vote(s)
    9.2%
  2. I did not notice any improvement

    221 vote(s)
    52.4%
  3. I do not know if it helped (e.g. took other supplements at the same time)

    122 vote(s)
    28.9%
  4. I think my tinnitus got worse due to taking it

    40 vote(s)
    9.5%
    1. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I took Gingko Biloba a long time ago and it did not work, it did nothing.
       
    2. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @Juan -- I tried it as well, what appeared to be a high quality extract. Made my tinnitus worse--consistently.
       
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    3. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I have tried a couple of medications, supplements etc and really nothing helps a lot. My guess is many of us take the drugs just to think we did all that was in our hands in order not to worsen our H, T or our hearing.

      The only two meds that did something, although very minor impact were paroxetine (very low dose), and deflazacort after a very loud noise exposure (and this has to be taken when there is still a lot of pressure, tension etc inside the ears, as soon as possible). When the pain, pressure, etc start to subside it is too late for deflazacort.

      Prednisone did not work at all, did nothing.

      Vitamins and supplements.. most of them did nothing.

      A couple of my friends are doctors and they dont really know what to advise. From their viewpoint, anti-inflammatories, anti deppresants, SSRIs and all that.. they either work or dont work. Apparently they work for some people and not for others and it all comes down to a matter of trial and error, as un-scientific as that. Keep trying till you find the right medication.
       
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    4. acute
      Depressed

      acute Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music. Stress, meds, Invisalign ?
      What is the recommended dose of Ginkgo Biloba 120mg? One or two pills a day?
       
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    5. AVIYT
      Wishful

      AVIYT Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregabalin
      Ginkgo Biloba does nothing for me as well. I'm not even sure it helps with its supposed memory benefits, as my memory is terrible since Pregabalin. I lose my keys and recently my credit card hasn't been found at all. Just gone.
       
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    6. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      My tinnitus has been spiking rather high & loud this last month.

      Guess what? About a month ago I started taking a supplementation regimen that includes Ginkgo Biloba. In the past, my tinnitus has proven to spike using higher Salicylate foods, personal grooming items & medicines. My embarrassment is that I didn’t notice until today that the Ginkgo Biloba leaf has a high Salicylate content & I should have avoided it all together. I’ve stopped taking it as of today.

      I do realize not everyone is aspirin/Salicylate sensitive. This is for the people who are & for the people who don’t know they are. Something to consider.
       
    7. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      Do you avoid food with Salycates?
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Instructions should be on the bottle advising how much Ginkgo Biloba to take. It is better to take Ginkgo Biloba in "Tincture" form (liquid) as it enters the bloodstream quicker. Buy a good quality brand, price is a usual indicator of quality. I take Ginkgo Biloba made my Avogel. 15 drops in a little water 3x a day.

      Michael
       
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    9. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      My tinnitus is spiking too. You have had tinnitus for 11 years, did you ever habituate?
       
    10. Quiet please
      Balanced

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Only a guess, but probably hearing loss.
      @Ken219 Yes I did. I accepted it and was able to pretty much ignore the T. Sound therapy helped as well.

      Then I was rear ended while stopped in traffic 2 years ago. I suffered a concussion, headaches, whiplash, neck & back trauma. The T came roaring back. After much rest, PT, Cranial sacral & chiropractor therapy, I’m better but the T came back to where it was originally. I had started a new batch of supplements including the ginkgo & it spiked worse. So far today with not taking it, it’s back down. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
       
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    11. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Gingko Benefits for Tinnitus?
      Kiefer, David.Integrative Medicine Alert; Atlanta Vol. 22, N° 10, (Oct 2019).
      Dr. Kiefer reports no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

      EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      • For 12 weeks, 200 study participants with chronic tinnitus received either 120 mg of Ginkgo biloba (extract EGB761 ® ) or 600 mg pentoxifylline twice daily. There was no placebo group.

      • Daily ratings for tinnitus loudness and annoyance were collected and analyzed.

      • Both treatment groups similarly improved during the course of the study in a variety of parameters.

      • In the ginkgo group, anxiety and depression scales statistically improved more than in the pentoxifylline group.

      SOURCE: Procházková K, Šejna I, Skutil J, et al. Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 ® versus pentoxifylline in chronic tinnitus: A randomized, double-blind clinical trial. Int J Clin Pharm 2018;40:1335-1341.

      Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a symptom that can be acute or chronic and have numerous etiologies. 1 It is notoriously difficult to treat, with some of the options including noise masking, pharmaceuticals (tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, pentoxifylline, steroids, etc.), acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Integrative modalities (including herbal medicine) step into the void of consistently effective therapies. One of the botanicals most evaluated for tinnitus is ginkgo ( Ginkgo biloba , Family Ginkgoaceae). Procházková et al pitted ginkgo vs. one pharmaceutical option, pentoxifylline, both of which are thought to increase cochlear and cerebral blood flow.

      The researchers recruited people with chronic tinnitus from an ear, nose, and throat clinic in the Czech Republic. Inclusion criteria are detailed in Table 1. Exclusion criteria included tinnitus from pharmaceuticals, any current tinnitus treatment, and a variety of severe medical conditions.

      Table 1: Inclusion Criteria
      * At least 30 years of age •Tinnitus of at least three months’ duration •Tinnitus able to be masked by noise •A score of at least a 3 (out of 11) of noise...

      Source: https://search.proquest.com/openvie...e40616853f1/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=196259
       
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    12. TheProdigy

      TheProdigy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      If the label says standardised is it EGb761?
       
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