Ginkgo biloba may help recovery after stroke

Doctors in this study followed 330 people who had experienced an acute stroke caused by a blockage (ischemic) within the past seven days.

Participants took 100 mg of aspirin per day alone, or with 150 mg of ginkgo biloba extract three times per day, along with standard therapy to control blood pressure, sugar, lipids, and protect the nervous system. After six months, compared to placebo, those taking ginkgo biloba had higher scores on tests of cognitive skills, including memory, command and control functions, and greater improvement in muscle strength, reflex response, and speech.

Doctors monitored participants for two years, finding ginkgo biloba with aspirin alleviated cognitive and neurological deficits without increasing chances of another stroke.

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