ginkgo may improve sleep and cognition in depressed patients

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					Ginkgo 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.

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PR Newswire, May 19, 1999

				
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