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Ephedra, Ephedra sinica
Parts used: Stem, leaves.
Constituents: Alkaloids; ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, essential oil, saponins.
Actions: Diaphoretic, bronchial dilator, diuretic, strong stimulant, hypertensive, tonic to CNS.
Indications:
Induces perspiration, warms coldness, relieves wheezing, moves fluids, cleanses the lymphatics It is used for common cold, coughing, shortness of breath, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, fevers without sweat, hay fever, oedema, arthritis, dropsy and weight loss and obesity by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolic rate of fat tissue, performance enhancer, heart rate, blood pressure.
For hay fever and asthma it is recommended that you supplement the Ephedra use with substances that support the adrenal glands, such as licorice, ginseng, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid And a herbal expectorant like licorice, grindelia, euphorbia.
Tincture 1:5, 20-80mL per week.
Surgical concerns: Risk of heart attack, arrhythmia, stroke, interaction with other drugs, kidney stones.
Recommendations: Discontinue at least 24 hours before surgery.
Energetics: Pungent, bitter Heating. Dosha: VK-P+.
Meridians: lung, bladder.
Contraindications: Pregnancy and lactation and used with caution in children under the age of six years. Do not take this with other stimulants such as caffeineCaution with high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, glaucoma, thyroid disease, and those taking MAO-inhibiting antidepressants.
Pseudoephedrine can cause drowsiness, use caution if driving or operating machinery.