Working with Ma Huang
Ma huang has a long history of use for colds, coughs, asthma, and hay fever. It is also used for fevers and edema. Ma huang contains ephedrine, a stimulant and decongestant; it works by promoting sweating, drying mucus secretions, dilating the air passages and easing bronchial spasms.
Ma huang is often added to stimulant energy products and weight-loss products. The herb is effective for these uses, but it has side effects; deaths have occurred from its abuse. Traditional use only is recommended. See a qualified Traditional Chinese medical practitioner, such as a licensed acupuncturist, if you have doubts about its use.
Ma Huang has a taste of MILD, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.
The information given here is designed to help you make informed choices about your health. The information is drawn from numerous sources—both traditional medicine practice, from the clinical experience of many herbalists currently practicing, and supported by decades of scientific research from the author. The research most consulted includes human clinical trials that help to determine the most effective and safe herbs for various needs, the best doses, and types of preparations.
The information offered in this database is not intended as a substitute for any that may have been prescribed by your health practitioner or physician.