Ephedra is extracted from the plant Ephedra sinica. It is used as a remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for curing asthma, hay fever and common cold. Ephedra as a stimulant constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure and heart rate. Native Americans and Mormons brewed tea from Ephedra known as Mormon Tea.
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Ephedra is used therapeutically as it regulates the proper functioning of lungs.
Ephedra-based diet pills have proven to burn fat, raise metabolism, suppress appetite and increase energy levels.
Severe skin reactions
Profuse perspiration, dehydration,
Itchy scalp and skin,
Irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke leading to death
If you are on medication of furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO)
If you have a tumor of the adrenal gland
If you are pregnant
If you have a history of stroke, diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, or seizures or thyroid condition
Ephedra must be taken 1 hour before eating
Daily dosage of 100 milligrams is the maximum limit
Daily dosage must be limited to 75 - 100 mg within 24 hours.
Dosage between 20 - 50 mg must be split to three separate doses throughout the day
The last dose should not be taken four hours prior to going to sleep at night