Different civilizations have benefited in using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years already. Ephedra, also known as â€œma huangâ€, is present in many Traditional Chinese Medicines. Fot the most part of TCM, Ephedra is used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis. TCM also use Ephedra to treat fever, cough, nasal congestion, chills, cold and flu.
Ephedra is a naturally occurring herb. What is used to produce medication is its main active ingredient ephedrine. The synthetic ephedrine compounds, like pseudoephedrine, are the ones being used in over-the-counter cold remedies and are regulated as drugs. Ephedra is also regulated as dietary supplement and the parameter comes from ephedrine alkaloids, a derivative of the Ephedra, the herb itself. Before May 2004, Ephedra is popularly known as a weight loss supplement, athletic performance enhancers and energy booster.
When controversial Ephedra reviews came out, consumers slowly avoided any ephedra-containing product. Even if there were scientific evidences confirming the efficiency of Ephedra in losing weight, enhancing athletic performance, and boosting energy, the damage bought by Ephedra reviews did not make any difference. And to make matters worst, cases of heart arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm), stroke and even death have been linked to Ephedra. Later on FDA banned any dietary supplements that contain ephedra.