Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Also known by these names

  • α-lipoic acid
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • ALA
  • Lipoate
  • Lipoic acid
  • Thioctan
  • Thioctic acid

BCCT plans to write a summary on alpha-lipoic acid. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Alpha-Lipoic Acid


Alpha-lipoic acid may cause hypoglycemia that can be compounded if you are on medication that reduces blood sugar. Refer to the About Herbs summary on Alpha-Lipoic Acid for more information.  


BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

Integrative Programs, Protocols and Medical Systems

For more information about programs and protocols, see our Integrative Programs and Protocols page.
  • Programs and protocols
    • Alschuler & Gazella complementary approaches1
      • Manage inflammation
      • Manage insulin resistance
      • Kidney cancer
      • Pancreatic cancer
    • Berkson protocol: lntravenous alpha-lipoic acid and low-dose naltrexone2
    • Block program3
      • Terrain support
      • Managing oxidation
      • Managing inflammation
      • Regulating carbohydrate metabolism
      • Preventing/reducing chemo induced peripheral neuropathy
    • Lemole, Mehta & McKee protocols4
      • Lung cancer
    • McKinney protocols5
      • Symptom management
      • D-ALA (intravenous form):
        • Breast cancer
        • Carcinoid tumor
        • Colorectal cancer
        • Esophageal cancer
        • Head and neck cancer
        • Kidney cancer
        • Liver/gallbladder cancer
        • Lymphoma
        • Myelodysplastic syndrome
        • Prostate cancer
        • Sarcoma
        • Stomach cancer
        • Thyroid cancer
        • Uterine cancer
      • R-ALA (oral form)
        • Leukemia

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