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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.
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For example, ma huang, or ephedra, is associated with increases in blood pressure.
Within this formula, mix-fried Ma Huang diffuses the lungs and rectifies the qi, opens blockage and dispels evils.
Mark Andrews, a certified trainer from Sherman Oaks, said many companies began combining caffeine, ephedra and ma huang because of laws prohibiting certain levels of these substances.
In my opinion, ephedra, or ma huang, should be avoided, while green tea extract seems to be safe.
Even now, they say, the FDA is pushing to restrict ephedra, better known as ma huang, an herbal remedy used for centuries in Chinese medicine to relieve clogged sinuses.
A natural central-nervous-system stimulant that is derived from the Chinese herb ma huang, or ephedra, ephedrine is sold in tablet form and in teas at nutrition and health food stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and rest stops across the United States.
Ephedra (or Ma Huang in its natural form) was, until recently, the most popular non-prescription ingredient for weight loss supplements and food products.
For example, asthma therapies in traditional Chinese medicine include ma huang, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, magnolia, Minor Blue Dragon, Scutellaria, cinnamon, and licorice.
weight -- which Ma Huang is not -- and the Western medical
High-performance liquid chromatographic assessment of ma huang-containing herbal products have demonstrated 5- to 20-fold variance in ephedrine and pseudoephedrine content in products with the same amount of ma huang extract reported on the label and even within different lots of the same product.
The herbal preparation ma huang, an extract of ephedra, is associated with affective disturbances and psychosis, similar to reactions seen in patients who misuse asthma medications containing ephedrine, the active ingredient of ephedra.
Robert Dekkers struggled to save Rosanna's life, Porras drove to a nearby drugstore and bought a $30 bottle of Ripped Fuel capsules, which contain the Chinese herb ma huang and are marketed as ``natural'' supplements.