The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Archive for the 'Huperzine A' Category

    Review: CAM for treating Alzheimer’s disease

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

    Dr. Keith Wollen at Washington State University, in Port Angeles, has written a review of treatment options.

    Let’s focus on CAM. (more…)

    Huperzine A treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    Most drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease are classified as cholinesterase inhibitors.


    Researchers in California and Washington DC studied huperzine A, a natural cholinesterase inhibitor derived from the Chinese herb Huperzia serrata. (more…)

    Weak studies on huperzine A for Alzheimer’s disease

    Sunday, August 10th, 2008

    I’m surprised by the position of the Alzheimer’s Association regarding huperzine A (shuangyiping). “Evidence from small studies shows that the effectiveness of huperzine A may be comparable to that of the approved drugs.”

    Really? (more…)

    CAM options to treat Alzheimer’s disease

    Saturday, July 8th, 2006

    Several herbal remedies and other dietary supplements are promoted as effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The Alzheimer’s Association summarizes the supporting data for the following treatments.

    • Coenzyme Q10
    • Ginkgo biloba
    • Huperzine A
    • Phosphatidylserine
    • Coral calcium

    A review of ginkgo biloba is also available here.

    Illustration: Neurofibrillary tangles and fiberlike processes of neurons (black) surround an amyloid plaque. Source: Chemical and Engineering News

    7/8/06 15:50 JR