Study: Ginkgo Biloba Extract Inhibits Hyperalgesia, Inflammation

Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761® inhibits inflammation and thermal hyperalgesia, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Researchers gave rats an intraplantar injection of carrageenan or saline into the left hindpaw. Three hours later, they administered one of two types of EGb injections or vehicle: an intraplantar injection into the left paw or intrathecal injection into the lumbar spinal cord region.

Compared to diclofenac, used as a positive control, both intraplantar and intrathecal injections of EGb 761 were equally effective in inhibiting thermal hyperalgesia from carrageenan, but did not affect mechanical hypersensitivity. The injections also decreased paw edema.

The authors suggest EGb 761 may be useful in treating inflammatory pain.

Read the Anesthesia & Analgesia abstract on ginkgo biloba's effect on thermal hyperalgesia and inflammation.

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