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ma huang

also ma·huang  (mä-hwäng′)
1. Any of various East Asian ephedras, especially Ephedra sinica, from which ephedrine and other alkaloids are obtained.
2. See ephedra.

[Mandarin máhuáng, from Middle Chinese ma⋮ xɦuaŋ : ma⋮, hemp + xɦuaŋ, yellow.]
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(Medicine) a herbal medicine from a shrub, used as a decongestant
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Noun1.mahuang - Chinese ephedra yielding ephedrinemahuang - Chinese ephedra yielding ephedrine  
ephedra, joint fir - jointed and nearly leafless desert shrub having reduced scalelike leaves and reddish fleshy seeds
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Pharmacokinetics and cardiovascular effects of MaHuang (Ephedra sinica) in normotensive adults.
Mahuang Fuzi Xixin decoction (MFXD), a famous Chinese formula, has been widely used in treating allergic rhinitis (AR).
Aggravating factors like a high salt diet; or intake of contraceptives or anti-arthritis drugs, or some weight-reducing agents including herbals containing mahuang or ephedra could be the culprit for the uncontrolled hypertension.
Acute Hepatitis associated with the use of a Chinese herbal product, mahuang. Am J Gastroentrol 1996; 91(7): 1436-2.
sinica), commonly referred to as Mahuang or Ma Huang, is probably the principal source of the active ingredients ephedrine and pseuephedrine, which are used for nasal decongestants and lung and bronchial constriction, although these same alkaloid drugs are present in American species as well.
Between 1995 and 1997, 926 cases of possible Mahuang toxicity were reported to the Food and Drug Administration.
Mahuang is among the ephedrine analogs promoted for asthma treatment, weight loss, and as an energy booster.