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Annxyz
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These are two herbs that have different properties , one for muscle inflammation , and the other ( huperzine ) prtects acetylcholine levels in the brain for improved neuro function.

Does anyone have personal experience with these ?

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Ann,
I took Devil's Claw and got no results.

However, I recently tried huperzine, and noticed something strange.

My insomnia improved. At least, I'm falling asleep sometime in the evening, even if I only sleep five or six hours.

Before this, I wasn't going to bed until after 3 a.m., and might not be able to fall asleep.

Last night, I lay down at 8 p.m., hoping to nap for an hour, and woke up at 2:30 a.m.
Hmmmm.....

The product I tried contains huperzine and B vitamins.
http://www.iherb.com/store/ProductDetails.aspx?c=Herbs&pid=NTL-04365

I can't say that I'm actually feeling any better.
In fact, the reason I'm lying down to meditate and nap in the evening is because I feel lousy.

I think I should look into acetylcholine.

Carol

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Carol,
You can do a search on huperzine and find studies that say it improves neuro function and has been beneficial even for alzheimer patients ( better than some drugs ) .

I took a drug that depleted acetylcholine ( 20 yrs ago ) and developed insomnia and anxiety .

Have you tried any of Buhner's herbs like andrographis ? Have you found anything that seems to help you ?
Thanks for sharing !

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Carol,
I found an article about huperzine A and some of the studies for alzheimers patients
indicate the dosage for the studies was sometimes 400 mg daily .

You might check out some of the studies . Another article indicated better results by one lady ( who felt she got GREAT results ) at a higher dose ( 400 mg ) .

It sounds like you are definitely getting some benefit from it .

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I've taken huperzine A since around May of last year. After having my air hunger under control for quite awhile it came back when I started abx. I determined via muscle testing that huperzine A would resolve the air hunger and it did. I take 200 mcg per day.

Are you sure that this woman took 400 mg per day?? That is huge - 200 X's more per day than I take. Studies have used between 50mcg-200mcg. I think 400mg must be an error.
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Correction : 400 mcg according to studies done in China.

I would probably not take more than 200 mcg either .

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I have taken Devil's Claw for over 14 months now. I consider IT one of my top two herbs for lyme symptoms. The other being Sarsaparilla.

I would NOT want to be without it. THOSE are the TWO herbs I take the most of.

I got wonderful results with it, back in 2005 and have never looked back. BUT I took it NOT ALONE, but also with Sarsaparilla and Cat's Claw.

I had been taking ONE Sarsaparilla and ONE Cat's Claw a day with NO noticable results. BUT when I added in ONE Devils' Claw to TWO of each of the others, it was like a miracle. My vision got SOOOOO much better, along with the arthritic pain.

Jim [Cool]

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