ephedra - Ma Huang Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) Background...

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Ma Huang Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) Background Ephedra sinica , or Ma Huang, is a potentially very dangerous herb and represents the other side of the herbal dietary supplements covered so far. Ephedra sinica is native to Mongolia and the related species Ephedra gerardiana comes from India. Ephedra has been found in a Neolithic grave which may be evidence that Ephedra was used for medicinal purposes over 60,000 years ago. Zen monks would use the herb to calm their concentration while meditating and Mormons used Ephedra to make "Mormon Tea" which they drank as a caffeine replacement. In the 1800s, the herb was used in brothels with the claim that it would cure gonorrhea and syphilis. The active compounds include alkaloids, which include ephedrine, and pseudoephedrine. Ephedra sinica usually has the highest concentration of the ephedrine alkaloids. These alkaloids act as a sympathetic nervous system stimulator. Purported
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course MFC 141 taught by Professor Horvath during the Summer '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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