For Alzheimer’s Disease:
Traditional Chinese healers have used a healing tea brewed form the club moss plant (Shen Jin Cao, Huperzia Serrata) to help treat a wide array of mental disorders, a practice stretching back hundreds of years.
Contemporary Chinese researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai have isolated the active components, known as huperzine A. As with tacrine and donepezil. Huperizine A functions as a cholineesterase inhibitor, thus prevening the destruction of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, thus facilitating both memory and healing.
Huperzine A appears to be the least effective, and is less toxic than the pharmaceutical cholinesterase inhibitors even when administered at levels 50-100 times the therapeutic dose. Furthermore, according to researchers, its effects last at least 10 times longer than those of tacrine. The study and researchers concluded that Huperizine A is both an effective and safe medicine which remarkably improves the cognition, behavior, activity of daily life, and mood of patients with Alzheimer’s.