David1949 wrote:One caution on the niacin flush; It may feel like your skin is on fire. The first time I tried it I had to jump into a cold shower until the sensation subsided. I would suggest trying a very low dose the first time, and then gradually work up to a higher dose if you think it's helping.
concerned wrote:I've read in scientific american that ginko has about the same neurological effect as eating a chocolate bar... just some food for thought.
Results: Identical improvements on the mood construct "energetic arousal" and cognitive function were found for cocoa powder and the caffeine+theobromine combination versus placebo.
Conclusions: A normal portion of chocolate exhibits psychopharmacological activity. The identical profile of effects exerted by cocoa powder and its methylxanthine constituents shows this activity to be confined to the combination of caffeine and theobromine.
eve wrote:I take both Niacin .
The most common potential herb-drug interaction was between ginkgo and aspirin.
A 70-year-old man presented after two days of recurrent blurred vision in the right eye, with each episode lasting 15 minutes, during which he could perceive a red discoloration through his cornea. One week earlier he had begun twice-daily ingestion of a Ginkoba tablet from his health-food store. Each tablet contained 40 mg of concentrated (50:1) extract of the G. biloba tree. The patient's only other medication was aspirin (one 325-mg tablet daily), taken for three years after his coronary-artery bypass surgery. There was no history of eye trauma, ischemia, or vascular occlusion...The patient stopped taking the ginkgo extract but continued to take daily aspirin, and there was no recurrence of bleeding over a three-month follow-up period.
However, there is scant information from case reports or controlled trials to support the suggestion that Ginkgo potentiates the effects of anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs. Such high-level safety concerns for this herb are deemed to be unsupported by the currently available evidence.
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