What is ginkgo and what does it do?
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species. Most ginkgo products are made with extract prepared from its fan-shaped leaves. Most research on ginkgo focuses on its effect on dementia, memory and pain caused by too little blood flow (claudication).
Taking ginkgo along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.<br /><br /> Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others),
- St John's wort should not be used in conjunction with antidepressant medication. It is thought that St John's wort is a reuptake inhibitor of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, which are chemicals in the brain that are linked to depression and anxiety.
- Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It's often used for insomnia. Like other sedatives, it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness, so don't take it—or valerian, hops, kava, lemon balm, or other sedative herbs—when you are also taking a prescription sedative.
- john's wort (Hypericum perforatum)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? St. John's wort is a commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplement that is used to treat mild depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Updated: 21st September 2018