Thursday, June 4, 2009

ma huang?

Honestly, I have never heard of ma huang before and knew nothing about it. I didn’t even know that it is some kind of a diet pill. Thank God for the availability of internet. So I googled it and found these medical facts about ma huang.

Other names : sea ephedrine, ephedra, ephedra alkaloids, sea grape, yellow horse, yellow astringent, joint fir, squaw tea, Mormon tea, popotillo, and teamster's tea.

According to :

“Because ma huang (ephedra) has been reported to cause serious, even fatal, side effects such as heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeats, and sudden death, the FDA has recommended that consumers not take ma huang.

The use of ma huang in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

I guess we should all take pre cautions specially in taking diet pills or weight loss supplements. It always pays to be informed.

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