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Ephedra, what it is and how it can be used.

Ephedra is a chinese herb that is over 5000 years old.  It has various medical properties which include the alleviation of rheumatoid arthritis, colds,  allergies, and asthma.  This article describes its various benefits.

What is Ephedra?

Ephedra, which is called Ma Huang in Chinese, is a Chinese herb that’s 5000 years old. Ephedra is a plant that can be found in various desert areas all over  the world. It can be found in ample amounts from Inner Mongolia to northern China. Ephedra is used for the alleviation of rheumatoid arthritis, colds,  allergies, and asthma. The stems of three Asian species ( Ephedra sinica, Ephedra equisetina, Ephedra intermedia) are employed medicinally for the aformentioned conditions.

Ephedra’s primary ingredients consist of the alkaloids ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The stem consists of 1-3% total alkaloids, with ephedrine comprising 30-90% of the total – this all depends upon the type of ephedra plant specie. Ephedrine stimulates the CNS (central nervous system), dilates the bronchial tubes, raises blood pressure, and increases pulse rate. Pseudoephedrine, in its synthetic form, is a standard over-the-counter treatment  for the relief of nasal congestion.
How Does Ephedra Work?

The most crucial ingredient in ephedra is its naturally occurring ephedrine. Ephedrine is an alkaloid salt which is considered a sympathetic nerve stimulant like adrenaline, but a great deal less potent than amphetamines. Ephedrines’ properties yield a very potent effect, making it highly useful for weight loss. Ephedrine raises blood pressure, increases heart rate, increases perspiration, increases metabolic rate, and dilates bronchial passages. These bodily processes will stimulate thermogenesis, which promotes weight loss and speeds up metabolism. Ephedra is oftentimes combined with guarana, caffeine,  and other ingredients to magnify ephedra’s fat burning attributes.

What Is Ephedrine?

Ephedrine, a beta-adrenergic agonist, is the principal ingredient found in ephedra. Ephedra (ma huang) has been used for centuries and has many medicinal applications. Ephedrine is a CNS(central nervous system) stimulant, and is very useful in treating bronchitis. It also increases metabolism which makes it very useful for weight loss.  As a beta- adrenergic agonist,  it can also raise heart rate and body temperature as well.

What Is the ECA Stack?

ECA is an acronym for ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin. Research suggests mixing ephedrine and caffeine delivers strong weight loss results. How does aspirin factor into all of this? The aspirin works as a prostaglandin inhibitor and raises lipolytic activity. Put simply, it increases metabolism and fat burning activity, when taken together with caffeine and ephedrine. This process is achieved through sustaining raised cAMP levels in the body. In conclusion, aspirin is thought to diminish the body’s response to the stimulating effects of caffeine and ephedrine.

Ephedra Side Effects:

Some of the side effects that are caused by the misuse of herbal ephedra products (and ephedrine) may result in amphetamine-like side-effects, raising the risk for cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and stroke.  Some of the stimulatory effects of ephedra can include:  urinary disturbances, vomiting, nausea nervousness, irritability,  insomnia, headache, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure. Ephedra products shouldn’t be used by individuals with thyriod disorders, glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and anxiety disorders. Anybody using prescription medication should confer with their physician prior to using ephedra.
Additional Ephedra Recommendations:
Ephedra can be ingested on an empty stock or with meals. The best way to begin ephedra is on a smaller dosage than the suggested dosage. This will let you gauge how your body reacts to it; this will give you time to build up a tolerance before raising the dosage to the product’s suggested dosage.

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