glaucoma and Ginkgo

LINDA HEATH HEATH at XAVIER.XU.EDU
Fri Oct 24 12:06:19 EST 1997


	An ophthalmologist acquaintance has requested some information
and I'm asking the group for any help. 
	  A small percentage of the glaucoma patients she sees are
 "normal tension" - their ocular pressures are within normal range,
 but they still experience damage to the optic nerve.  One of the curent
theories to explain this is decreased circulation.
	There are anecdotes of Ginkgo biloba extract "preventing"  glaucoma,
which could make sense if it is increasing circulation to the brain.
Turpenes are sometimes mentioned as being necessary for this effect.
	Thoughts and/or facts will be appreciated!


Linda Heath
Biology Department
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio  45207-4331
heath at xavier.xu.edu



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