Ephedra, Herba Ephedrae, Ephedra sinica Stapf
[Parts Used and Preparation]
[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Pungent, bitter, warm
[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Lung and Bladder
[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb may remove the pathogenic factors from the exterior and induce sweat. It may improve the lung-Qi flow, and relieve asthma and wheezing.
[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• The herb can be used for the exogenous-pathogenic wind-cold type, the symptoms including cold, fever, headaches, nasal congestion, a floating and stiff pulse, but with no sweat.
• It can be used for cough and asthma.
• It can be used for edema.
1.5–10 grams. The herb can be cooked in decoctions before putting in other herbs.
[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
Because the herb has strong effects in inducing sweat, large dosages should be avoided. It should not be used by the patients having spontaneous sweating and night sweat.