Ginkgo biloba is an extract derived from the leaf of the Chinese ginkgo tree, "the oldest tree known to man".

Ginkgo is believed to have nootropic properties, and is mainly used as memory and concentration enhancer. Additional beneficial results were revealed in a similar trial published in 2010. In that study, it was concluded that the same extract formulation of G. biloba, was found significantly superior to placebo in the treatment of patients with dementia with neuropsychiatric symptoms.

According to other studies, ginkgo can significantly improve attention in healthy individual. In one such study, the effect was almost immediate and reaches its peak 2.5 hours after the intake.

A recent meta-analysis of 9 studies of ginkgo for use in the treatment of dementia concluded it was more effective than placebo, although, like other dementia drugs, the clinical significance of these moderate effects was difficult to quantify.

Even though ginkgo is best known for boosting mental power, through a somewhat inadvertent discovery, the leaf is now also being used to treat impotence in men, increasing the body's ability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation.

In an open clinical trial, ginkgo biloba, noted for its cerebral enhancing effects, was found to be 84% effective in treating antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction. Noteworthy is the fact that women were more responsive to the sexually enhancing effects of ginkgo biloba than men, with relative success rates of 91% (for women) versus 76% (for men). Ginkgo biloba generally had a positive effect on all 4 phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, excitement (erection and lubrication), orgasm, and resolution (afterglow).

This study originated from the observation that geriatric patients on ginkgo biloba for memory enhancement had noted improved sexual response.

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