Ephedra. Definition

Medical Definition: Ephedra

Shrub native to China and India. The stems and roots are used in traditional medicine as a diuretic and for asthma, bronchitis and coughs. It has also been promoted as a decongestant, a weight loss supplement and supplement to increase energy. Ephedra can cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate or death if used with certain medications. At the same time can reduce the effects of certain drugs used to treat cancer and other diseases. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has banned the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra. The scientific name is Ephedra sinica. Also called ma huang.

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