Ephedra

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Ephedra, also known as Ma Huang, is an herbal product derived from the evergreen plant. It was originally used in China to treat conditions such as asthma, fever, flu, headaches, wheezing and nasal congestion.

Five thousand years ago, the Chinese used the ephedra plant as a medicinal treatment. The modern ephedra supplements are now banned because of synthetic ingredients and extremely high doses.

Ingredients

The ephedra herb contains the stimulants:

  • Ephedrine
  • Phenylpropanolamine
  • Pseudoephedrine

Benefits

Ephedra is a powerful stimulant herb that enhances energy. As a cardiac and central nervous system stimulant, Ephedra has been known as herbal or natural “speed.” In fact, it has even threatened the sales of amphetamines.

The plant is a very effective broncho-dilator and helps open up air passages, thus stimulating circulation and counteracting fatigue. Since it is a decongestant, it has been used aid many respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies and congestion.

Having thermogenesis properties, it stimulates calorie burning and allayed hunger. It has been used in the alternative/natural weight loss arena until the manufacturers started isolating it’s major alkaloid, ephedrine as well as making a synthetic ephedrine which caused major health problems for people.

Used to boost stamina, energy and circulation, ephedra supplies oxygen to muscle tissue. If the muscles have more oxygen, they will contract more easily and will increase in size.

Health Concerns

If taken in normal doses, Ephedra is not a dangerous herb.

Careful use of the herb is necessary, but this is true of all herbal stimulants. In some cases, an herbal stimulant should not be used if the person is suffering from a particular disease.

In high doses, ephedra can serious health conditions. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Irregular and racing heartbeat

Ephedrine

A substance derived from the ephedra plant, Ephedrine has been used as:

  • Weight loss supplement
  • Energy booster
  • Athletic performance enhancer
  • Treatment for respiratory conditions

Ephedrine has been shown to be effective at promoting weight loss. By increasing the body’s metabolic rate, it enhances the ability to burn fat. These effects are greatest for individuals with low metabolic rates.

Health Risks

Pharmaceutical products containing ephedrine have been found to have many dangerous side effects and can be dangerous for human consumption.

When manufacturers began adding caffeine to weight loss products, many reports of heart problems appeared. The common side effects of ephedrine products include:

  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability

Banned

Due to the harmful side effects of ephedrine, the FDA has banned the dietary supplement. This ban does not apply to the traditional Chinese herbs or herbal teas. Ephedra is still available in the U.S. and can be purchased at herbal stores.

Ephedra was not the culprit in weight loss formulas that was harming people in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The isolated alkaloid called “ephedrine” was the synthetic chemical that was responsible.

Thank you for reading.

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    Q: Sorry to bother you again but you are a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate all your information you give us. I am 44yrs old and have 20 pounds to lose. After I quit taking EHEDRINE I started gaining my weight back. I use to take EPHEDRINE to keep the weight off and no longer am able to order it in my state of Minnesota because it is banned. So I ordered some EPHDRA POWDER in hopes it would do the same for me as the ephedrine did but the ephdra powder doesn't SUPPRESS MY APPETITE like the ephedrine tablets did. I was wondering what I could add to the powder to bring out the appetite suppressant qualities in the ephdra powder. I have tried to brew it with my coffee and that hasn't helped either. I really would like to take this weight off and ephedrine was the only thing that helped me and I pray that your knowledge would help me to lose this excess weight. I bought your thyroid capsules and wondering how long before I will notice any energy difference. (I have a hypothyroid which is probably the cause of the gaining weight but the ephedrine helped me with that also). I pray you can

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    You're giving external factors too much power over you. Things never heal us, only placate us. Truly answers lie within. What did Ephedrine have that God did not put in you? Forget about keeping weight off, instead focus on maintaining your desired weight. Why do you need to suppress your appetite? What you suppress in one area will manifest in another area. Suppression does not heal, only hides things and allows things to grow. Your challenge is to cultivate self discipline and maintain your desired weight. Read my article â€EPHEDRA†under articles. Ephedrine is a damn drug! Drugs don't heal, they only suppress! Nature (Ephedra) takes time! My knowledge cannot help you to lose weight, but only stimulate you into taking control of your own life and health, especially pertaining to weight. Your power lies within! It dos not come from outside of self! The Kingdom of God is WITHIN!

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    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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