Ephedra as medicine?

For 5,000 years Ephedra has been used in Chinese medicine to treat all kinds of illnesses. The ephedrine in ephedra has the medicinal property of stimulating the metabolism. Another important physiological action is the dilation of airways, improving respiration. This is a useful for the treatment of asthma, allergies such as hay fever, and the symptoms of the common cold. In addition to its use in treating asthma and allergies, ephedrine is also used medicinally to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and kidney ailments, and is an ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and cough remedies. Read below to learn more about the medical uses of ephedra.

In every article some attention will be given to the dangers of irresponsible use, and contraindications will be listed. Before you draw conclusions, read the Legal? section, which contains more information on the pros and cons of ephedra use.

Ephedra, What Is This Herb?
General info about the medical use of ephedra for treating asthma, hay fever, and the common cold.

Herbal Stimulants

Effects and safety when combining ephedra with caffeine.

Extended report from TAC Ethnobotanicals
On the traditional use and the active compounds of the ephedra plant, plus the scientific developments and the current use.

Ma huang - aka - Ephedra
Widely known info on ephedra, and some useful additions about quit smoking and weight loss.

Opinion: Ephedra
One of the many criticisms on the way the medical world is dealing with ephedra.

Ma huang In Chinese Medicine
How ephedra is traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

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