Ma Huang (Ephedra)

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Ma Huang is one of the most useful and absolutely the most controversial herbs in the entire Chinese herbal pharmacopeia. Why is it so important and why has it been banned in most developed nations? We will be exploring these questions as well as looking at the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which is the legal act allowing it to be banned in the United States. This is one of the most interesting episodes yet of Sperb’s Herbs. Don’t miss it!

Course Goals

A participant will be able to:

  1. Comprehend basic Chinese and bio- medical information about Ma Huang (Ephedra)
  2. Converse about the current scientific evidence about the uses, dangers, and effectiveness of Ma Huang (Ephedra)
  3. Understand the history of Ma Huang (Ephedra), especially in the context of the Chinese classics
  4. Understand and prevent any potential drug-herb interactions

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