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Ephedra sinica


Ephedra sinica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order: Ephedrales
Family: Ephedraceae
Genus: Ephedra
Species: E. sinica
Binomial name
Ephedra sinica

Ephedra sinica is a member of the ephedraceae family, native to China. It is also known as "Chinese Ephedra", Ma Huang, "Mormon tea", and "ephedra".


Ethnomedical uses

  • Dried aerial parts are used to treat asthma, allergic rhinitis, upper respiratory infection, colds, and is used as a general stimulant.

Side Effects

Ephedrine can cause heart problems and addiction.


As of April 21st, 2006, the FDA's decision to ban nutritional/diet supplements from containing the plant or extracts thereof of ephedra was upheld by the Tenth Circuit courts.

U.S. federal congress is currently discussing the scheduling of pseudoephedrine into Schedule V. Jan 2005. The bill created in Congress is S 103, Jan 24, 2005.



See also

  • Ephedrine
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