A new study suggests that an extract of ginkgo biloba in combination with aspirin may promote cognitive functioning after a stroke. Ginkgo biloba extract is an herbal supplement received from the ginkgo tree, also known as maidenhair tree, native to China.
For the study, a team of scientists from China enrolled 348 adults with average age 64 from five hospitals in China Jiangsu Province. All the patients experienced an ischemic stroke within the past 7 days.
The scientists note that at 12 and 30 days after treatment, those patients who were treated with both ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin showed better functional capacity that those who received aspirin only demonstrating fewer neurobiological impairments such as speech problems and muscle weakness.
The Chinese researchers write in their paper: “The study demonstrated that patients with stroke who received GBE (Ginkgo biloba extract] and aspirin manifested better memory function, executive functions, neurological function, and daily life. Additionally, the safety data analysis demonstrated that GBE did not increase the incidence of adverse events.”