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Ephedra Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Ephedra Sinica
Hindi Name
Chinese Name
Ma Huang, Ma Huang Gen, Zhi Ma Huang

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Ephedra Cures


Action of Ephedra

Nutrients in Ephedra

Taste of

Nature of


Parts Used

Stem, Branches, Seed, Seed Oil, Fruit Pulp

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Ephedra

-Ephedra may cause High Blood Pressure if taken in high dosage. Please consult a doctor for the Doses.
-People suffering from Insomnia should strictly avoid this herb.
-Excess intake may cause
Dry Mouth
Heart Attack
Heavy Sweating
It may cause allergic reactions like
Skin Rashes
Chest Congestion
Irritation on Skin
Swelling on Face, Mouth, Lips and Tongue
Difficulty In breathing
Sleeping Problem
Stomach Pain
Slurred Speech
Irregular Heartbeat
Severe Mental Disorders

-Avoid Ephedra in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors. It may cause Coma, Hypertension, or Hyperpyrexia.
-Long term use may cause Tachyphylaxis or Hemodynamic instability.

Drug Interaction :
-It may interact with Antidepressant and High Blood Pressure medications. It causes the blood pressure to rise abnormally high. In some cases it may even cause death.
-If you are taking Ephedra then do not take Antiseizure and Cariovascular medications as it contains Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine which inhibits its action.

Note: Presurgery the intake of Ephedra is not recommended. Following complications may occur.
Ventricular Arrhythmias
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Ephedra is a small shrub.
It is perennial.
It grows in arid, semiarid climates.
It grows up to 50 Cm.
Best used for Obesity.

In TCM :
Ephedra : Ma Huang
Ephedra Root : Ma Huang Gen
Prepared Ephedra : Zhi Ma Huang
Meridians associated : Lung and Urinary Bladder
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Materia Medica for Ephedra

Ephedra General

Ephedra is called Amsania in HIndi. It belongs to the Ephedraceae family.
Ephedra contains Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine. Together they stimulate the central Nervous system and open up the airways.
Ephedra increases the functioning of Heart. It makes the Heart beat faster.
It regulates the Blood Pressure.
Ephedra has Thermogenic properties. It boosts the metabolism rate of the body.
It is best used for Obesity.
Suffering from bronchial Asthma? Try Ephedra, It improves the breathing capacity by dilating the bronchial tubes.
It cures Fevers and Chills.
Tea made of Ephedra is a good herbal cure for treating Cold and Flu symptoms.
Ephedra is a stimulant and provides relief from Fatigue or Pain.
It treats Edema.
It cures Headache.
Ephedra enhances Blood circulation to Muscles, thereby increasing the levels of Energy and Endurance. It boosts athletic performance.
Boiling the herb for two hours increases its benefits.

Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Ephedra is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put raw Ephedra stem in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for l0 minutes and remove the foam from the surface of decoction. Continue boiling till the decoction is clear. Consume 1 teaspoon per day.
Best when consumed with Honey.
Single Herb

Ephedra ( Amsania ) as a Diuretic

Add 1-2 tablespoon dried Ephedra ( Amsania ) in One cup cold water and drink every morning.

Ephedra as an Aphrodisiac

Ephedra tea has an Aphrodisiac effect. It stimulates the Central Nervous System.
Prepare a decoction of dried Ephedra stem in one cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of Honey in it.
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Herbal Treatment For Asthma 2

Take Lobelia, Thyme and Ephedra.
Prepare decoction. Drink 2-3 times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Obesity 5

Take Ephedra's leaves and White Willow bark in 1:2 ratio. Make its decoction. Drink 5 ml of it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Respiratory Diseases 2

Mix equal quantities of powdered Ephedra ( Amsania in India ), Comfrey, Verbascum Thapsus, Cherry, Licorice ( Mulethi in India ), Ginger ( Adrak in India ), Cinnamon ( Dalchini in India ), Inula Helenium ( Pushkaraula in India ) and Wild Ginger ( Jangli Adrak in India ).
Take 2-3 tablespoons throughout the day with warm water.

Herbal Treatment For Cold 17

Prepare a decoction of Chinese Wild Ginger Root, Ephedra Stem and Cinnamon Twig. Take 150 ml, once a day for 2 days at bed time.

Herbal Treatment For Avian Flu 2

Take 1 teaspoon each of the following dried herbs :
Chinese Wild Ginger
White Peony
Grind all the above herbs. Consume it with one glass of water.
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