ma huang

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ma huang



1. Any of various East Asian ephedras, especially Ephedra sinica, from which ephedrine and other alkaloids are obtained.
2. See ephedra.
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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.
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Ephedra and ma huang increase metabolism and can lead to serious cardiovascular events.
According to a wonderful book, Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine by Michael Rotblatt, MD, PharmD, and Irwin Ziment, MD, FRCP (Hanley and Belfus, 2001), ephedra, or ma huang, is the herbal source of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.
Ma Huang, a shrub-like plant from Asia and North America, is said to alleviate many of the cold-like symptoms of hayfever and Nettle leaf and Eyebright help with sore throats.
Ephedra, also known as ma huang, stimulates the sympathomimetic and central nervous systems and suppresses appetite.
Both were taking a nutritional supplement containing a combination of herbs Ma Huang and Guarana.
But Air Force surgeon general officials strongly advise airmen to contact their physicians or health care providers before taking dietary supplements that contain Ma Huang, ephedra or ephedra alkaloids.
Ephedra (also called ma huang) is a stimulant banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
For instance, the herb Ma Huang (ephedra) is traditionally used in China to treat short-term respiratory congestion.
Energy-boosting drinks may contain Ma Huang or guarana; both act as a stimulant and may increase heart rate and blood pressure.
"One of the ingredients was country mallow, which is a derivative of Ma Huang, which is Chinese ephedra, known in English-speaking countries as ephedrine.
He believes the government has no more right to restrict Americans' access to vitamin A or the herbal ma huang than to McDonald's french fries.