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

    44 vote(s)
    9.8%
  2. I did not notice any improvement

    233 vote(s)
    52.0%
  3. I do not know if it helped (e.g. took other supplements at the same time)

    129 vote(s)
    28.8%
  4. I think my tinnitus got worse due to taking it

    42 vote(s)
    9.4%
    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 and meds.
      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
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      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 Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      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. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Ginkoba Ginseng Combination Therapy versus Methylcobalamine on Quality of Life in Chronic Tinnitus
       

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    13. ThomasC
      Lonely

      ThomasC Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss
      Ginkgo Biloba did nothing for me.
       
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    14. bobvann
      Cheeky

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      E drums headphones
      Snake Oil... I tried it as well.
       
    15. ThomasW

      ThomasW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February 2019(nearly gone)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication
      Ginkgo Biloba works by increasing blood flow. It does this by increasing Nitric Oxide production. Nitric Oxide is a vasodilator meaning it causes blood vessels to relax. Many types of Tinnitus are caused by poor circulation to the inner ear or are lessened and even cured by increasing circulation. Thats why Ginkgo Biloba has a proven tract record of helping T. Now unfortunately it doesn't help all types and its not as simple as taking it.

      This is the complicated part. Ginkgo Biloba is also very high in salicylates. Salicylate acid which is used in aspirin can coat the hairs of the inner ear causing them to malfunction and shake, which then causes Tinnitus. This and a surge in blood flow can often make T worse for people. Since it's a vasodilator that means its fighting against vasoconstrictors like salt, temperature, high blood pressure, caffeine, sugar. It is all a balancing act.

      I read on here about Ginkgo Biloba E761 that is made in Germany under the name Tebonin. I came across a bunch of cases that people reported dramatic reduction and even total elimination of their T. On a post here a guy recommended start small 40-60mg twice a day and see how that works.

      My T spikes with any kind of vasoconstriction so salty food so I've had to be super strict with my diet. I've been taking 80mg morning and then again in the evening along with a B-complex and Zinc 22mg and my T is <5% of what it was and I can eat most foods no problem now.

      I made a post in the success story section if people want to read further:
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/my-ototoxic-stress-induced-tinnitus-is-nearly-gone.38880/
       
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    16. Chris_P

      Chris_P Member

      Location:
      Columbia, SC
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possibly hearing loss/acoustic damage, unknown
      Wow - I was coming in here to say that Gaia Herbs was the one I tried that I seemed to have positive results with at one point. But I'm also not sure if getting better sleep during that period was also part of it. I'm continuing to take it now but just had the thought that I might not commit to another $30 bottle of it unless I'm sure. At another point I tried the whole foods brand of ginkgo leaf but notice nothing. So much of this is subjective, subtle, placebo, likely based on other factors at any given time. It's hard to tell!
       
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    17. GlennS

      GlennS Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      I tried this many years ago when I first got tinnitus. It functioned similar to caffeine. It was a stimulant and kind of made the tinnitus louder.
       
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    18. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Green tea did work for me, makes hyperacusis and tinnitus more bearable. I bought it in China. These are tea leaves, not teabags or ground tea.
       
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    19. Pali
      Question it

      Pali Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I tried taking it, but every single time bar maybe once I would get tinnitus spikes from minutes to a few hours later.
       
    20. Pink Noise
      Artistic

      Pink Noise Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones (Overear) coupled with age (sigh)
      Is it worth giving ginko a try? I'm 5 months in.
       
    21. Kell

      Kell Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      front row indoor concert-in front of speaker
      What is NAC?
       

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