Ephedra sinica

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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.
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Yang et al., "Optimum extraction of acidic polysaccharides from the stems of Ephedra sinica Stapf by Box-Behnken statistical design and its anti-complement activity," Carbohydrate Polymers, vol.
Steam distillation-solid-phase microextraction for the detection of Ephedra sinica in herbal preparations.
A primary study on endophytic fungi isolated from a medicinal plant Ephedra sinica Stapf.
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.