Did you know that Ma Huang was the best ancient medicine for asthma?
Today we’re going to talk about this amazing chinese herb that nowadays is used for weight loss and appetite suppression.
What is Ma Huang?
Ma huang, also known as ephedrine, is a shrubby plant that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing , one of the three foundation books of Chinese medicine written around 100 AD.
- Botanical Name: Ephedra sinica Stapf., Ephedra intermediaSchrenk et Meyer, or Ephedra equisetina Bge. Family: Ephedraceae (ephedra).
- Other names: Ephedra, yellow horse, yellow astringent, pinellia, etc.
- Parts Used: Stems
- Constituents: Alkaloids (including ephedrine, norephedrine, methyl ephedrine, pseudoephedrine), tannins, saponin, flavone, essential oil.
This bitter tasting yellow tea may was recommended for use to upper respiratory infections and to relief asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, cough and chest tightness.
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