By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 30 March 2012)
There has been very little research conducted on the use of ginkgo biloba for treating the symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders. Niederhofer (2009) conducted a very small study (three subjects), with parents reporting reduced hyperactivity and irritability and increased eye contact and speech after four weeks (clinicians noted no significant improvements).
While it’s possible that ginkgo biloba may provide some small benefits, there are other supplements that have shown far more promise in treating autistic symptoms.
For more on the effectiveness of other supplements for treating autistic spectrum disorders, see the main Autism Supplements page. For a full list of articles on autism and Asperger’s syndrome, visit the main Autistic Spectrum Disorders page.
Always consult a qualified medical practitioner before taking supplements or giving them to your child. Many supplements are toxic at certain doses and may interact with some medications or create problems for people with certain medical conditions.
This article is not intended as a substitute for medical consultation or care. Health concerns should be referred to a doctor.
- Niederhofer, H. (2009). “First Preliminary Results of an Observation of Ginkgo Biloba Treating Patients with Autistic Disorder.” Phytotherapy Resources, 23(11), pp. 1,645-1,646.
- Rossignol, D.A., MD, FAAFP. (2009). “Novel and Emerging Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review.” American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, AACP.com.