Ginkgo Biloba Extract Treatment
Vitiligo is a skin condition, iatrogenic in nature but
some acclaim that genetics and auto immune disorders are
related to these conditions. Vitiligo is a skin disorder
in which patches of skin lose pigment and appear lighter
than the surrounding skin. Hair in these areas may turn
white and the skin tends to sunburn more easily.
Some studies suggest up to 4% of the world's adult population
is suffering from this condition. Though Vitiligo is not
contagious; it just doesn't look good and makes the sufferers
conscious of their looks. Vitiligo became famous as a skin
disease when the king of pop Michael Jackson claimed that
his color changed from black to white as he suffered from
Previous treatments for Vitiligo included the application
of topical steroid creams but that treatment either proved
ineffective or took too long for the skin to regain its
normal pigmentation and become as normal as before. But
these days Ginkgo Biloba is gaining importance in area of
Vitiligo treatment options.
Ginkgo is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and
immune-modulating herb. Some researchers believe Vitiligo
is the result of free-radical damage to the skin and that
ginkgo prevents these free radicals from doing further harm.
Many studies, researches and placebo treatments are being
done to make sure about the Ginkgo Biloba extracts and their
effects on patients suffering from Vitiligo. So far, it
has been proven that oral intake is far more effective than
the topical usage, regarding the treatment of Vitiligo.
One small study using oral Ginkgo Biloba extract 40 milligrams
three times daily reports that ginkgo appears to arrest
the progression of this disease. Better-designed studies
are needed to confirm these results.
There is one extensive study that was carried out on 47
adults with slow spreading Vitiligo were assigned to be
given 120 mg per day of a standardized extract of Ginkgo
Biloba containing 9.6 mg of ginkgo flavon
glycosides per day or a similar looking placebo for six
months. Photographs of the affected areas of skin of the
patients were taken every six weeks to monitor the changes
in size and the ratio of pigmentation changes.
Disease progression was arrested in 80% of all people
taking Ginkgo Biloba extracts, compared with only 36% of
those taking a placebo. Individuals with Vitiligo restricted
to the face who took Ginkgo all experienced a halt in the
progression of their Vitiligo, whereas no person with this
form of Vitiligo in the placebo group had any signs of the
disease arresting. In the ginkgo group, marked or complete
re pigmentation occurred in 40% of the participants, but
less than 10% of the placebo group had similar results.
Some studies focus on to give additional nutrients to the
patients for the treatment of Vitiligo; these include L
phenylalanine, folic acid with vitamin B12, PABA, and vitamin
C. So far no side effects are noticed regarding Vitiligo
treatments. People are extensively using and appreciating
Ginkgo Biloba extracts for the treatment of Vitiligo as
it is fast acting and effective treatment option.