Ephedra sinica | definition of Ephedra sinica by Medical dictionary
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joint fir 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.
Ephedra should not be used in patients with cardiac or thyroid disease, diabetes or hypertension.
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Stuppner, "Simultaneous determination of Ephedra sinica
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A primary study on endophytic fungi isolated from a medicinal plant Ephedra sinica
Ma Huang, commonly known as Ephedra (Ephedra sinica
), contains the alkaloid ephedrine, which is an adrenalin-like stimulant that provides quick relief for allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems.