Little evidence that supplements help tinnitus

Alternative Medicine
The Los Angeles Times reports that although "tinnitus can sometimes be treated with electronic masking devices" or "cognitive behavioral therapy," a number of sufferers "end up looking for tinnitus relief in a pill." One such "homeopathic supplement" is called Quietus, which is said to contain a "powerful lineup of ingredients." Tinnitus Relief Formula, which is a capsule that "contains 120 milligrams of ginkgo biloba along with zinc and garlic extract," is another option. One audiologist pointed out, however, that "there's no solid evidence that the supplements are of use." Jeff Carroll, director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center at UC Irvine, added, "We don't recommend them." In fact, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates no natural medication (herb, vitamin, or supplement) as "effective," "probably effective," or even "possibly effective" for tinnitus. And, the…
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Gingko biloba may not be effective in preventing cognitive decline or improving memory

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health
In my best-selling book, co-written with Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, I wrote a chapter on Gingko biloba and said this: While ginkgo looks promising as a means of delaying the memory loss related to a variety of diseases, some studies have found no benefit. Studies have found memory benefits only for about six months. Ginkgo may prove helpful for retarding age-related memory loss, dementia, and peripheral arterial disease. However, studies have not examined the benefits or safety of taking ginkgo long-term. Now we may have the answer. I was first informed of it by watching the CBS Evening News where it was reported, "Americans spend a quarter billion dollars a year on" gingko biloba supplements, "hoping to improve their memory and slow cognitive decline." NBC Nightly…
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