Ephedra seeds ma huang seeds
Ephedra Sinica and others, have traditionally been used by indigenous people for a variety of medicinal purposes, including treatment of asthma, hay fever, and the common cold. Ephedra is an herb of controversy. It contains Ephedrine, a Powerfull stimulant alkaloid used in many weight loss medicines, but the herb has been used safely by the chinese for thousands of years where it was used for treating asthma and increasing energy. Does well in pots prefers full sun and dry, sandy soils. It has high concentrations of the various Ephedrine alkaloids and it has them in the naturally balanced state. Its a whole herb, and can be used in the form of the dried "stems" as a tea. The tea is used as a bronchial dilator–very helpful for asthmatics, and like coffee, gently stimulating to the CNS (central nervous system).