Ephedra ( 麻黄 ) ...Chinese Herb...
of Plant Used
Twigs and stems
Ephedra is one of the major herbs used to treat wheezing (TCM: poor Lung
Qi circulation). It is also used in formulas that induce sweating where there
are symptoms of fever with no sweating, together with chills and headache
(TCM: exterior cold); also used to treat asthma and allergies (TCM: wind-cold
Usages and Functions
eleases exterior and disperses cold; facilitates normal circulation of Lung
Qi and controls wheezing; promotes urination and reduces edema.
Formulas Used In
Ma Huang; Pueraria Combination.
Avoid using at night. Ephedra is a mild stimulant and may interfere with
sleep, especially if the person already has insomnia.
Do not use this herb where there is high blood pressure or cardiac asthma.
Use with caution in deficient conditions with chronic sweating or wheezing.