Welcome!Two thousand years ago ephedra (under the name Ma huang) was used in Chinese medicine to treat several disorders. Amongst other illnesses asthma and bronchitis were treated with ephedra. Ephedra comes from a plant that has a few powerful active compounds, of which ephedrine is the most useful. More information on the chemical connections and the extraction of the active substances is to be read in chemistry.
Over the past few years ephedra has gained much more attention for its side-effects: an increased metabolism, plus the thermeogenic and fat burning qualities that come along with that. This gives the body stimulation and provides energy. Thanks to these qualities ephedra now has the reputation of being a fat-burner, smartdrug and sports supplement. A reputation that has recently become controversial because of the ban on ephedra products in the United States and the Netherlands. Read about the why, when and how on our page regarding the legal status of Ephedra.
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February 8, 2013 - CNN on Diets Through History
In a featured article on CNN, ephedra has made it onto the timelime. From 1820 to today, a number of famous (some controversial) diet methods are listed. The article mentions ephedra as follows:
2004: The FDA bans the sale of diet drugs and supplements containing ephedra after it's linked to heart attacks.
A quick search on Google Trends shows that the use of ephedra-based diet supplements is still in decline. Nowadays many consumers report to use replacing thermogenic supplements, such as DMAA. However, the latter is also under attack (for reasons similar to ephedra some years ago) and its future is uncertain.
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More news items can be found in the news section.
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This site is meant to be nothing but informative; we are not promoting the use of ephedra (or other energizers) in some or another way, but would like to give a view on this product from different perspectives. The use of ephedra is always at your own risk and for possible undesired effects we cannot be hold responsible.