Ephedra Stem (Ma Huang)

Ephedra Stem (Ma Huang)

Ephedra stem, also known as ma huang or mahuang, is an herb that has a long history of use in Asia for thousands of years. Indigenous variations of ephedra can be found in the Americas and parts of Europe. There are over 50 varieties of ephedra worldwide.

Historically, ephedra has been used in treatment of asthma, cough, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and nasal congestion[1].  Some of the more recent uses of ephedra have been for weight loss and obesity and to enhance athletic performance[2]. Ephedra has garnered a bad rap and been blamed for problems from those using ephedra for these non-health related issues. Much, if not all, of the serious health problems have arisen from overdosage of the concentrated extract (ephedrine) from ephedra rather than the whole plant itself.

Externally, ephedra has been used in Chinese herbal poultices for trauma, joint and bone pain[3].

On an interesting note, ephedrine and scopolamine have been used transdermally to treat motion sickness[4], nausea, and vomiting[5].

Battle Balm® uses High Quality Cultivated Ephedra Sinica as one of its 20 key ingredients.  Ma huang is just one of the many proven herbal compounds used to promote blood circulation, accelerate metabolic function, and manage acute and chronic pain so you can bounce back from injury and get into the gym again quickly!

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References:

  1. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ephedra (Ephedra)
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-847-EPHEDRA.aspx?activeIngredientId=847&activeIngredientName=EPHEDRA (Ephedra)
  3. http://www.painedu.org/tools/herbs_full.pdf (Herbal Therapies for the Relief of Pain)
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7259691 (Experimental motion sickness:  efficacy of transdermal scopolamine plus ephedrine)
  5. http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/anesthesiology/img/PONV.pdf (Use of Ephedrine for the Short-Term Treatment of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting...)