Over-the-counter decongestants and certain herbal supplements, including ginseng, licorice, and ephedra (ma huang
), may have the same effect.
It can even cause severe hypertension and stroke, as in the case of ma huang
and ephedra, which some weight-reducing products being sold by multi-level networking companies used to contain.
They also referred to other case reports and case series of liver transplantation occurring in individuals who had taken the supplements usnic acid, Herbalife, Hydroxycut, linoleic acid, black cohosh, Chinese herbs, kava kava, skullcap, ma huang
, or bai fang herb.
These supplements include raspberry ketone, ma huang
, bitter orange extract, guarana and garcinia cambogia.
ovata Thunb.]) with Chang Chu ( Atractylodes lances (Thunb.) DC.), and the addition of Ma Huang
( Ephedra sinica Stapf.), Dan sheng ( Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge), Chuanxiong ( Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort.), Wu Chu Yu (Evodia rutaecarpa Benth.), Tien Ma ( Gastrodia elata Blume), Ginseng ( Panax Ginseng), and chuan chi ( Panax notoginseng (Burk.) F.
And pregnant women specially, should avoid drinking herbal infusions such as nettle leaf, comfrey, yarrow and ma huang
(ephedra) as they can cause miscarriage or early labour.
Ephedra sinica, Ephedra equisetina and Ephedra intermedia, collectively known by their Chinese name ma huang
, are indigenous to Pakistan, China, and northwestern India (White et al., 1997).
The herb ephedra, also known as Ma huang
, contains a chemical that stimulates the heart and nervous system and also suppresses appetite, which is why it was formerly used in natural diet pills.
(13) Other substances have also been difficult to obtain for many different reasons, such as Ma Huang
(ephedra) due to FDA banning, high-potency Ren Shen (Korean ginseng) due to high cost for the best-quality root, or Lu Rong (deer antler velvet) due to animal protection regulations and lack of availability.
* Steroids such as methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) or dexamethasone (Decadron) and Asian ginseng, ephedra (ma huang
), licorice and senna
For example, asthma therapies in traditional Chinese medicine include ma huang
, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, magnolia, Minor Blue Dragon, Scutellaria, cinnamon, and licorice.