TOOTHED CLUBMOSS

OTHER NAME(S):

Chinese Club Moss, Huperzia serrata, Huperazon, Licopodio Chino, Lycopode Chinois, Lycopodio Chinois, Lycopodium serrata, Qian Ceng Ta.

Overview

Overview Information

Toothed clubmoss is an herb. People use it to make medicine.

Toothed clubmoss is used for Alzheimer disease, general memory disorders, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.

Be careful not to confuse toothed clubmoss with the chemical called huperzine A. Toothed clubmoss contains small amounts of huperzine A. But huperzine A is also sold as a supplement.

How does it work?

Toothed clubmoss might help increase the level of a brain chemical that is low in patients with memory disorders. It may also protect brain cells against certain poisons.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Alzheimer disease.
  • Memory disorders.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Fever.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Blood loss.
  • Irregular menstruation.
  • Other Conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of toothed clubmoss for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if toothed clubmoss is safe. It might cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and sweating.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if toothed clubmoss is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, blockage of the intestinal or urogenital tracts, gastrointestinal ulcer disease, or seizures: Toothed clubmoss contains chemicals that can affect the nervous system in such a way that it could harm people with these diseases. If you have one of these conditions, don't use toothed clubmoss until more is known.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Drying medications (Anticholinergic drugs) interacts with TOOTHED CLUBMOSS

    Chinese club moss contains chemicals that can affect the brain and heart. Some of these drying medications called anticholinergic drugs can also affect the brain and heart. But Chinese club moss works differently than drying medications. Chinese club moss might decrease the effects of drying medications.
    Some of these drying medications include atropine, scopolamine, and some medications used for allergies (antihistamines), and for depression (antidepressants).

  • Medications for Alzheimer's disease (Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors) interacts with TOOTHED CLUBMOSS

    Chinese club moss contains a chemical that affects the brain. Medications for Alzheimer's also affect the brain. Taking Chinese club moss along with medications for Alzheimer's disease might increase effects and side effects of medications for Alzheimer's disease.

  • Various medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions (Cholinergic drugs) interacts with TOOTHED CLUBMOSS

    Chinese club moss contains a chemical that affects the body. This chemical is similar to some medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. Taking Chinese club moss with these medications might increase the chance of side effects.
    Some of these medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions include pilocarpine (Pilocar and others), donepezil (Aricept), tacrine (Cognex), and others.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of toothed clubmoss depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for toothed clubmoss. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Budavari S, ed. The Merck Index. 12th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Co., Inc., 1996.
  • Ohba T, Yoshino Y, Ishisaka M, et al. Japanese Huperzia serrata extract and the constituent, huperzine A, ameliorate the scopolamine-induced cognitive impairment in mice. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2015;79(11):1838-44. View abstract.
  • Wang T, Tang XC. Reversal of scopolamine-induced deficits in radial maze performance by (-)-huperzine A: comparison with E2020 and tacrine. Eur J Pharmacol 1998;349:137-42. View abstract.
  • Zhang RW, Tang XC, Han YY, et al. [Drug evaluation of huperzine A in the treatment of senile memory disorders]. Chung Kuo Yao Li Hsueh Pao 1991;12:250-2. View abstract.

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