ma huang

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ma huang

(mah hwahng´) [Chinese] any of various species of Ephedra used as herbs in Chinese medicine.

ma huang



1. Any of various East Asian ephedras, especially Ephedra sinica, from which ephedrine and other alkaloids are obtained.
2. See ephedra.
A proprietary form of ma huang which, given its content of ephedrine-like alkaloids, has been self-administered to produce euphoria; HE is composed of ephedrine (ma huang) or pseudoephedrine, and caffeine (koala nut), stimulants that simulate the effects of Ecstasy. It has been marketed as an ‘advanced designer recreational supplement’
Route Oral
Pharmacology CNS stimulant, hallucinogenic properties, alertness, paranoia, sensory distortion
Adverse reactions Hypertension, seizures, acute MI, strokes, death

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Chinese and Herbal medicine
A shrub, the stem of which contains ephedrine, which is a bronchodilator, diaphoretic, diuretic and vasoconstrictor; it is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, fever, fluid retention, hypotension, paraesthesias, to stimulate the central nervous system and to suppress the appetite.
Toxic effects
Ephedra should not be used in patients with cardiac or thyroid disease, diabetes or hypertension.

ma huang (mä hwäng),

n Latin name:
Ephedra sinica; parts used: seeds, leaves; uses: asthma, headache, bronchitis, inflammation, joint pain, pulmonary congestion; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, sympathomimetic hyper-sensitivity, seizure disorder, narrow-angle glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, arrhythmias, heart block, psychosis, hypertension, angina pectoris, chest pain, palpitations, tachycardia, arrythmias, myocardial infarction, stroke, cardiac arrest, seizures, dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, hallucinations, nervousness, poor concentration, confusion, headache, tremors, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, anorexia, vomiting, urinary retention, dysuria, exfoliative dermatitis, dyspnea, uterine contractions. See also ephedra.

Ma Huang

see ephedra.