Traditional medical use
A traditional Chinese medicin that dates back to 5000 BC, used for the treatment of asthma, hay fever and common cold.
Its alkaloids ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are active constituents of Ephedra sinica and have stimulant and thermogenic effects that are chemically related to amphetamines. Ephedra is widely used by athletes as a performance enhancing drug, despite a lack of evidence that it improves athletic performance. Ephedra has been used as a weight-loss aid. Ma Huang has a lot of side effects, ranging from insomnia to death! Ephedrine is a banned substance by the International Olympic Committee,and the World Anti Doping Agency. The U.S. National Football Leaque (NFL) & The National Basketball Association (NBA) also banned this substance. The Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradonna tested positive for ephedrine in the 1994 World Cup.
|Common name||Ma Huang|
|Shape||tree / shrub|
By MEHMET TUNCA Thanx ,
- Salam, thanks for these seeds. Ephedra is a wonderful plant.
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