Buying Nootropics (Smart Drugs) in Asia

NootropicsSubs What’s this all about?

In broad terms, any drug/supplement/food that enhances mental function can be called a Nootropic, and indeed there are so many aspects of ‘mental function’ that can be affected, including short-term memory, long-term memory, logic, social feeling, motivation, clarity, etc. You can read more about it at Wikipedia or listen to the SmartDrugSmarts podcast, and if you’re looking for a great ‘definitive list’ you can find it on the always-good Nootriment site.

This article will help you find where to get Nootropics in Asia, listed (as usual) by country. You always have the option of buying online and shipping it to yourself in Asia, but some countries are very strict, like Singapore, so make sure you’re only buying what is legal in your country!

Note that some are really common across Asia (like 5-HTP, CoEnzymeQ10, Grapeseed Extract & Ginseng) so I won’t bother creating listings for them.

Others are clearly illegal (like Marijuana) and I will make no effort to track that down for you 🙂

The purpose of this list (including the insider list which you can subscribe to below) is to tell you where you can get nootropics. It is not recommending that you take nootropics, nor suggesting they are right for you. Please use your common sense, and also consult a doctor.

Australia

  • Piracetam/Nootropil: By prescription (read more here)
  • Nootrologist sells the following: Alpha GPC, Aniracetam, Choline, Coluracetam, Inositol & others
  • NootropicsEdge sells the following: Adrafinal, Alpha GPC, Coluracetam, Noopept, Phenibut, PhenylPiracetam, Sulbutiamine & others
  • CILTEP is available from OptimOz

China

  • Huperzine A: available over the counter and some pharmacies
  • Piracetram: available over the counter and some pharmacies
  • Modafinal/Provigil: available bulk powder form as a research chemical

Hong Kong

  • Choline: I have seen this in one store in Causeway Bay
  • Idebenone: I have seen this in one store in Causeway Bay
  • Modafinal/Provigil: Prescription only
  • Piracetam/Nootropil: Available over-the-counter at some pharmacies – I found in in Central, one in Causeway Bay & one in Wanchai

Japan

  • Sulbutiamine/Arcalion: This was actually invented in Japan, but is only available by prescription

Singapore

  • Sulbutiamine/Arcalion: There are apparently only two pharmacies where this is available over-the-counter

 

This is a fairly large field – both in terms of the number of nootropics, as well as in terms of how and where to get it. I will build it up further over time – please share any information you have with me.

This site is intended as a resource listing only. I am not recommending that you undergo any of the treatments listed here, take any of the supplements, or make any other changes in your life before discussing with a doctor. I include sites here to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for here in Asia, but not to imply support for any venue, treatment, supplement or process.

NootropicsSubs

Oxidative and Antioxidant therapies in Asia

For people new to biohacking, the range of treatments which make up the so-called “oxidative therapies” and “treatments with antioxidants” may seem rather unusual, but for those who are reasonably active in their anti-ageing quest, these are quite common. They are not always particularly easy to find in Asian countries, so I’m building up my list here.  (If you are aware of others, please get in touch with me and I will update them.)

  • What are oxidative & antioxidant therapies?

There are a variety of sources which will help answer that question for you, and give you a sense of the range of options that exist here.

Bulletproof Radio interview with Dr Robyn Benson about healing with oxygen. Oxygen Healing website with a focus on ozone therapy, but others are included. OrthoLiving explains the Myers’ Cocktail and Chelation. How Dr Rowen uses Ozone therapy for Ebola.

  • Chelation Therapy

LifeClinic offers this in HK.  In India you can find it in Mumbai. In Thailand it’s available in Bangkok.

  • Myers’ Cocktails

Dr Lauren Bromley‘s practice offers this in HK. You can get it in Thailand at HydroHealth (who also offers Megadose Vitamin C).

  • Ozone Therapy

Australia has doctors on the Sunshine Coast and in Melbourne. In HK you can get this as part of Constitutional Therapy session at Natural Healing. Ozone Hydrotherapy is available in Singapore at BRT. In Indonesia you can get it in Jakarta and Bali, and another Bali place. It is also available in Thailand. And in New Zealand there are apparently two doctors who offer this. In India you can find it in Mumbai. There are options in Malaysia too.

  • Prolozone Therapy

This is available in Australia. In India you can find it in Mumbai. Indonesia has a place in Bali. There are options in Malaysia too.

  • Other detox therapies

We have another article which lists places you can get other types of detox therapy here.

 

This site is intended as a resource listing only. I am not recommending that you undergo any of the treatments listed here, take any of the supplements, or make any other changes in your life before discussing with a doctor. I include sites here to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for here in Asia, but not to imply support for any venue, treatment, supplement or process.

Krill Oil & Fish Oil Omega 3

For most people who supplement their Omega 3 intake, fish oil seems to be the most common form. And looking around Asia, I’ve seen fish oil Omega 3 supplements all over the place – even buying separate DHA and EPA supplements is easy. For that reason I won’t bother giving details on how to get these. But more and more research is showing that Krill Oil is much more powerful (and preferable) to fish oils, so that’s the focus of this article. There is an untold number of articles online which talk about Krill Oils, so here is a short selection to get you started …

  1. Wikipedia explains a krill is a crustacean
  2. Bulletproof rates it one of your key supplements
  3. What is it? (benefits & dosage)
  4. Benefits for heart brain arthritis weight loss etc.

And this is where you can get it in Asia …

  • Australia

In Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne (and therefore probably the other major cities in Australia) you can get Krill Oil & Omega 3 fish oils in most health stores – with several brand options.

  • Hong Kong

It seems there are more & more places that are offering it – which is good news (and hopefully good news for price too). (1) Healthquest (Happy Valley, or inside Citysuper in Causeway Bay, or TST) – they sell Barlean’s Wild & Whole. (2) Basement of Wing On Department Store in SheungWan. (3) i-Detox in Central, (4) Little Giant in Causeway Bay, (5) Nature’s Bounty in Causeway Bay (who sell 1000mg capsules – best value in HK), (6) Good Life Nutrition House in Kowloon City, (7) ThreeSixty (wellness section) in Elements Mall above Kowloon Station.

  • India

So far I am unaware of any places where krill oil can be bought from stores in India, and you may have to order from overseas.

  • Malaysia

I was able to buy krill oil in KL in the small GNC store inside the  shopping mall which is next door to Central Station, and now have also seen in in the Guardian Pharmacy at KL International Airport.

  • Singapore

I have found a couple of brands of Krill Oil at Guardian Pharmacy chain, so that could be a good starting point when you’re looking. (If you know where to buy Krill Oil elsewhere in Asia, please let me know)

  • Taiwan

Finding fish oil Omega 3 supplements is really easy – they are available in pharmacies, health shops, etc. But even popping into many places in Taipei to check, I only found one place that sells Krill Oil (written as 磷蝦精, in case they don’t have the English word).  (There must be other places, though, so let me know.) The place is called Dr. Med, and it’s about 5 minutes walk from Zhong Shan Junior High Metro Station, on the corner of JinZhou & LongJiang.