UNC Studies Chinese Herb For Alzheimer's Patients

A plant used throughout China is the focus of a national clinical trial hoping to determine if it could help treat Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

U-N-C Hospitals are participating in the national clinical trial
on Chinese club moss. It's already being sold in stores with
nutritional supplements and is used in China as a treatment for
cognitive disorders.

The study is being sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
It's one of a growing number of federally funded research studies
focused on natural and alternative therapies.

The centers of the National Institutes of Health expect to spend
300 (m) million dollars in complementary and alternative medicine
research in the 2007 budget year.