Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Ephedra sinensis

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It is Stomachic, Alterative and Diuretic. Alkaloid called "Ephedrine" which helps in controlling Asthma.

It is widely used for acute muscular and Bronchial Asthma. It is also used as a headache reliever.

Psychomotor stimulants have been used throughout recorded history and in almost all parts of the world.


It has been used medicinally (as Ma Huang) in China for more than 5000 years.

In 2700 BC, Shen Mung, the first Chinese herbalist used the dried roots and stems as a decongestant to treat:

· asthma

· colds

· coughs

· fever

· hay fever

· headaches


The American Indians used the root for:

· flushing the kidneys

· internal bleeding

· purifying the blood

· venereal disease


Ephedra is both a stimulant and a thermogenic; its biological effects are due to its ephedrine and pseudoephedrine content.[2] These compounds stimulate the brain, increase heart rate, constrict blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expand bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Their thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.

Ephedra may also be used as a precursor in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.