The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    A quick review of Ginkgo

    As part of the Charms & Harms series in the Journal of Primary Care, Dr. Joanne Barnes, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand distilled the evidence.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Evidence for the efficacy of ginkgo extracts is unconvincing for the following conditions.
      • Cognitive impairment and dementia
      • Intermittent claudication
      • Acute ischemic stroke
      • Tinnitus
      • Age–related macular degeneration
    • Safety
      • Ginkgo preparations have been associated with bleeding reactions.

    The bottom line?

    The use of ginkgo should be avoided, or at least used with caution, in people with bleeding disorders and those taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs.

    People who use Ginkgo should be vigilant for signs of bleeding (discussed here) and seek professional help.

    Finally, be aware that different ginkgo products vary in their pharmaceutical quality, and the implications of this on efficacy and safety should be considered.

    7/12/10 21:55 JR

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