The ban has been challenged in Utah, and a federal district judge has overturned the ban in a decision that applies only to the central district of Utah. Products containing Ephedra pills are being manufactured there and sold online. The federal judge ruled that the FDA had not proven that Ephedra pills is dangerous.
It has also been used in the treatment of headaches, fevers, colds and hay fever. Today, compounds derived from this herb are commonly found in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications.
Because of its stimulating effect on the nervous system, Ephedra pills can be found in some popular weight loss and energy products. For dieters it suppresses the appetite and stimulates the thyroid gland which stimulates metabolism.
Varieties of the herb are also grown in Europe, India, Australia and Afghanistan. American Ephedra pills, native to the dry southwest, was used as tea by the early settlers, and was known as "Mormon tea" and "Squaw tea."
Physicians use these alkaloids to treat bronchial asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, persistent coughs, wheezing and shortness of breath. Ma huang can help the body to break fevers and clear blocked sinuses. The alkaloids are also effective in treating allergic skin reactions such as hives, relieve general body pain and treat low blood pressure, rheumatism and narcolepsy.
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