With a reputation of an energy tea, Ephedra tea was taken by athletes and it is the subject of many controversies. Learn more about other benefits of this kind of tea.
About Ephedra tea
Ephedra, also known as Ma huang in Chinese, has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for centuries to treat cold related conditions. Botanically called Ephedra sinica, this is an evergreen shrub native to Asia. The plant’s leaves and stems are harvested, dried and then sold as teas, tinctures, extracts or tablets.
The stems of ephedra have pungent and bitter taste and also diaphoretic, diuretic, pectoral, vasoconstrictive and vasodilative properties.
The main chemical constituents in ephedra are ephedrine and pseudoephedrine which work by stimulating the nervous system, dilating bronchial tubes, elevating blood pressure, and increasing heart rate. Due to these effects, ephedra became a favorite for athletes as it is believed that the herb enhances athletic performance.
Several incidences of adverse effects and even death that may have been caused by excessive consumption of ephedra and ephedra supplements led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale of ephedra supplements in the United States in 2004. Currently, ephedra is still a subject of debate, especially when it comes to athletes in international competitions and anti-doping testes.
However, don’t avoid Ephedra tea as it has important benefits as well.
Ephedra tea preparation
Ephedra tea can be made by placing about 10 grams of ephedra herb in 2 cups of water and let it boil for 10 minutes. Filter out the herbs before drinking the Ephedra tea.
Ephedra tea benefits
Here are several health benefits attributed to Ephedra tea.
Ephedra Tea may alleviate respiratory ailments such asthma, colds, coughs and hay fever, as well as various allergic symptoms.
Ephedra Tea may help expel exterior pathogens and regulate the proper functioning of the lungs.
Ephedra Tea, taken in a regulated and supervised manner, may be effective for short-term weight loss, often associated with caffeine.
Taken in a regulated and supervised manner, it stimulates the central nervous system may help boost energy and enhance alertness.
Ephedra tea side effects
Excessive use of Ephedra tea can cause dizziness, irregular heartbeat, seizures, strokes and even death.
This tea is not recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding and to persons with high blood pressure or heart disease.
Ephedra tea should not be used as an energy booster, sports or diet aid or in combination with any stimulant such as caffeine as it may lead to unwanted side effects.
In spite of these side effects, you can occasionally drink a cup of Ephedra tea, but first ask your current practitioner and pay attention to overdose.