What is it and what does it do?
Ephedra is a stimulant similar to adrenaline. It stimulates the brain, increases your heart rates and can expand your bronchial tubes (making you breath easier). Thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, via an increase in body heat. Chinese medicine uses it for cold and Flue treatments as it helps expel exterior pathogens and regulate the proper functioning of the lungs.
Ephedra is a powerful blood purifier, being a popular folk remedy for such conditions as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis and other painful muscle and joint problems. Since ephedra is a vasoconstrictor, it has been used to stop internal bleeding
- Stimulates the brain
- Increases heart rate
- Expands bronchial tubes
- Increase metabolism
- Cold and Flue remadie
- Expels pathogens
- Blood purifier
- Used to treat Arthritis
- Bursitis and other join pains
- Used to stop internal bleeding
Is it safe to use?
Like all medincine. Side effects do occure, and yet many people (Chinese culture for one), stand by it and continue to use it. The FDA ruled otherwise.
Escalating concerns regarding the safety of ephedra supplements led the FDA to ban the sale of ephedra-containing supplements in the United States in 2004. This ban was challenged by supplement manufacturers and initially overturned, but ultimately upheld.
Wiki Sources provide some more in depth medical dialogue bellow:
In 1997, in response to mounting concern over serious side effects of ephedra, the FDA proposed a ban on products containing 8 mg or more of ephedrine alkaloids and stricter labeling of low-dose ephedra supplements. The FDA also proposed that ephedra labels be required to disclose the health risks of ephedra, such as heart attack, stroke, or death.
In response, the supplement industry created a public relations group, the Ephedra Education Council, to oppose the changes, and commissioned a scientific review by a private consulting firm, which reported that ephedra was safe. The Ephedra Education Council also attempted to block publication of a study confirming wide discrepancies between the labeled potency of supplements and the actual amount of ephedra in the product.
Metabolife, makers of the best-selling brand of ephedra supplement, had received over 14,000 complaints of adverse events associated with its product. These reports were not initially provided to the FDA. Co-founder of Metabolife, Michael J. Ellis, was sentenced to six months in Federal prison for his failure to report adverse effects from his company’s products to the FDA. Senators Orrin Hatch (R. Utah) and Tom Harkin (D. Iowa), authors of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act, questioned the scientific basis for the FDA’s proposed labeling changes and suggested that the number of problems reported were insufficient to warrant regulatory action. At the time, Senator Hatch’s son was working for a firm hired to lobby Congress and the FDA on behalf of ephedra manufacturers.
In addition to the activities of the Ephedra Education Council, Metabolife spent more than $4 million between 1998 and 2000 lobbying against state regulation of ephedra in Texas. Business Week reported that efforts to regulate ephedra and other potentially harmful supplements had been “beaten down by deep-pocketed industry lobbying.”
Ultimately, in 2000, the FDA withdrew the proposed labeling changes and restrictions.
It is also listed as a banned substance in sports (Olympics and others).
Where can I get some?
One of the best places to go is http://astrosupplements.com The direct link to Ephedra ) Screen bellow
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