Today, Ephedra is an herb of contriversy. It contains ephedrine, a stimulant alkaloid used in many weight loss medicines. This herb has been known by the chinese for thousands of years where it was used for treating asthma. It was used by the Zuni Indians of New Mexico to treat the beginning stages of Syphilis.
Ephedra sinica has been brewed into a tasty tea and consumed for its powerful stimulating effects in china for 2000 years. Chinese usage of ma huang dates to the first century A.D. It is intended to induce sweat, soothe breathing, and promote urine excretion. Ma Huang.
Ma huang is traditionally used to treat bronchial asthma, cold and flu, chills, lack of perspiration, headache, nasal congestion, aching joints and bones, coughing, wheezing, and edema.
Due to restrictive regulations of Ephedra and unreliable sources, we have not been able to get new shipments for quite a while.
We do offer Sida cordifolia, another plant containing ephedra alkaloids as well as Mormon Tea, a relative of Ephedra sinica, native to the United States, though.