August 23, 2019

Effect of Maidenhair on Functional Performance in Individuals with MS


 

Maidenhair is considered to be the oldest living tree on Earth. In fact, studies have showed that this tree existed two hundred million years ago, and it originally came from China. All parts of Maidenhair tree can be used in treating different ailments. Its leaves, fruits, seeds and even the bark can improve a person’s health and wellness.

The  Maidenhair tea is gaining popularity because of its health benefits. It is made out from the whole or cut leaves and is prepared similarly to other green teas and herb infusions. The tea is claimed to have a high amount of antioxidants, and that is why people who want to look young and live healthy can start drinking Maidenhair tea regularly.

You still need research, but scientists believe that Maidenhair will be useful to treat the harmful effects of multiple sclerosis in the future. (1)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating neurological disease afflicting young and middle-aged adults, resulting in problems with coordination, strength, cognition, affect, and sensation.

In 2006, a study was conducted to determine whether a maidenhair extract (EGb 761) improved functional performance in individuals with MS. The results were published in EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.

This study used a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group design, and participants followed a regimen of four tablets per day at 60 mg per tablet for four weeks.

Twenty-two individuals with MS were randomly assigned to either the treatment or control condition. Groups did not differ with respect to age, IQ, and education.

Half of the subjects received 240 mg per day of maidenhair special extract (EGb 761), and the other half received placebo.

The main outcome measures assessed depression, anxiety, fatigue; symptom severity and functional performance.

The maidenhair group significantly showed improvement on four measures. The maidenhair group also exhibited less fatigue at follow-up compared with the placebo group.

This study showed that no adverse events or side effects were reported and that maidenhair exerted modest beneficial effects on select functional measures (e.g., fatigue) among some individuals with MS. (2)

 

 

1- (2012, 10 26th). Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba Tea. Dream Tea Boutique. Retrieved from http://dreamteaboutique.com/health-benefits-of-ginkgo-biloba-tea/

 

2- K.Johnson, S., J.Diamond, B., Rausch, S., Kaufman, M., & C.Shiflett, S., & Graves, L. (2006). The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba on Functional Measures in Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 2(1), 19-24. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830705004635

 



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