Dementia is a condition of progressive deterioration in cognitive function. As dementia is a progressive condition, the condition of the patients deteriorates with each passing day. As of now, there is no cure for this disease.
Gingko Biloba is a natural herb that helps dementia patients by improving their memory. However, various studies conducted so far to determine the efficacy of various herbs in controlling diseases like dementia have produced contradictory results.
Studies that support Gingko Biloba’s claim
Dr. Joe Mercola in 2002 reviewed 33 clinical trials that were conducted by the researchers at Cochrane Collaboration, and stated that Gingko Biloba, along with various dietary supplements, can help in bettering the memory of dementia patients.
Another independent study conducted in Austria to determine the efficacy of Gingko Biloba has reported positive results. In this study, ten double blind clinical trials were picked randomly and reviewed. The study reported that at the very least, the herb was as effective as conventional medicines used to treat dementia.
Study that contradicts the Gingko Biloba claim
The results of a study conducted in the University of Pittsburg were recently published by the American Medical Association journal. In this study, Gingko Biloba was given twice a day to 3000 elderly patients for 6 years between 2000 and 2008. The report said the researches were unable to find evidence that supported the claim made by many other researches that the herb helps in improving cognitive and memory functions of dementia patients.
More people are adopting a holistic approach
The war between those who support natural remedies and those who advocate the use of allopathic medicines to treat progressive diseases such as dementia is never-ending. But the fact remains that more people today are either using natural remedies in conjunction with conventional treatments, or adopting a complete holistic approach to battle degenerative diseases.