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Effects of Sage on Memory and Mental Performance in Alzheimer's Disease Patients

This study has been completed.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barry S. Oken, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2005
Last updated: October 27, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the herb sage in improving the mental function of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Study hypothesis: The administration of sage will improve cognitive function in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alzheimer Disease
Drug: Salvia officinalis (sage)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of a Cognitive Enhancer on Memory and Cognitive Performance

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Further study details as provided by Oregon Health and Science University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cognitive function [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Stress [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • cognitive electrophysiology [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 111
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Sage capsules taken by mouth
Drug: Salvia officinalis (sage)
oral dosage
Other Name: sage
No Intervention: 2
No intervention, no-pill as control

Detailed Description:

The herb sage has been shown to enhance memory and mental function in healthy, young adults. However, studies assessing the herb's effectiveness in older adults with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are limited. This study will determine the effect of sage extract on the cognitive function of patients with mild Alzheimer's disease.

This study will last 6 weeks and will comprise 4 study visits, approximately 10 days apart. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either sage pills or no treatment during each 10-day period. The treatment assignments will be switched in 10-day intervals, so that during the course of the study, each participant will undergo two periods of sage treatment and two periods without treatment. At each study visit, participants will undergo cognitive testing, including tests to determine attention, memory, and visual cognition. Participants will also undergo an electroencephalogram (EEG) and an electrocardiogram (ECG) at each visit.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of mild Alzheimer's disease
  • Partner, friend, child, spouse, or relative willing to accompany participants to all study visits, provide informed consent, monitor participants' pill-taking, and communicate changes in participants' health during the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant medical illness other than Alzheimer's disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00110552

United States, Oregon
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Health and Science University
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Barry Oken, MD Oregon Health and Science University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Barry S. Oken, MD, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier: NCT00110552     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U19AT002656-03 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: May 10, 2005
Last Updated: October 27, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 27, 2017