Ephedra sinica

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Ephedra sinica
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Ephedra sinica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order: Ephedrales
Family: Ephedraceae
Genus: Ephedra
Species: E. sinica
Binomial name
Ephedra sinica
Stapf.
Synonyms[1]
  • Ephedra flava F.P.Sm.
  • Ephedra ma-huang Tang S.Liu

Ephedra sinica, known in Chinese as ma huang (麻黄), is a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine. Hay fever and congestion are treated using this plant.[2][3] Ma huang is a chemical that mimics other chemicals inside the sympathetic nervous system, similar to amphetamine, and is widely used for weight loss. The U.S. FDA banned its use as dietary supplements on April 2004.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". apps.kew.org. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  2. Joseph B. Lillegardand John R. Porterfield Jr 2010 ; Ephedra induced gastric mucosal injury Case Rep. Gastroenterol. 4(1): 79–83.
  3. Martinez Quintana et al. 2010. Necrosis miocárdica y disfunción ventricular severa en el contexto de abuso crónico de ephedra
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931409/pdf/JOBES2011-764584.pdf M. Inchiosa 2010 J. Obes. 2011; 2011: 764584