Ephedra sinica

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Ephedra sinica
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. The plant and an extract used to treat hay fever and congestion.[2][3] Ma huang is a simpathicomimetic agent 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. http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/namedetail.do?name_id=333041.
  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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931409/pdf/JOBES2011-764584.pdf M. Inchiosa 2010 J. Obes. 2011; 2011: 764584