Huperzine-A is an isolation of an active alkaloid found within the Chinese club moss plant, or Qian Ceng Ta—which has been shown as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease on it’s on accord.

,h2> Huperzine-A however, is a laboratory-prepared, but considered to be a ‘bio-equivilent’ to the natural form found in many plants within the Huperziaceae, Lycopodiaceae, and Selaginella families. Similar to many of the Ractam Nootropics, Huperzine-A is thought to be a NMDA antagonist, as well as being a neural anti-oxident.

Huperzine-A appears in the blood stream just 15 minutes after ingestion, with serum levels peaking around a little more than an hour.

One of Huperzine-A’s most-notable biochemical functions is that is serves as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor—which allows other neuro-active compounds to have a more profound effect. The Chinese have used the herbal form, the Club Moss Plant, originally as a muscle relaxer, and treatment for bruises and increasing blood flow to areas which need healing.

More recently however, this plant has been used in the treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Schizophrenia, as well as serving as a counter-agent for organophosphate (herbicides) poisoning. There have been several clinical trials conducted investigating Huperzine-A as a potential treatment for many medical conditions such as Cocaine Dependency and Traumatic Brain Injuries.