|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Ephedrae|
|Botanical Name:||Ephedra sinica Stapf
Ephedra equisetina Bunge
Ephedra intermedia Schrenk et Mey.
Ephedra Mormon Tea
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||Herbaceous twigs or stems are collected from the Beginning of Autumn (thirteenth solar term) to Frost’s Descent (eighteenth solar term), dried in a shady place and then cut into pieces and used either raw or baked with honey.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent-spicy, bitter and warm|
|Meridian:||Lung and urinary bladder|
|Functions:||To promote diaphoresis
To pacify asthma
To benefit urination
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-cold type of exterior syndrome manifested as chills, fever, headache, general pain, nasal obstruction, absence of sweating, thin, and white tongue coating and superficial and tense pulse.
*Use with Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) in the formula Mahuang Tang.
2. Cough and asthma sue to invasion by exogenous wind and cold.
*Use with Apricot seed (Xingren) in the formula Sanniu Tang.
3. Edema with exterior syndrome. This disease in traditional Chinese medicine is similar to acute nephritic edema in Western Medicine.
*Use with Gypsum (Shigao) in the formula Yuepi Tang.
|Cautions:||This herb causes heavy sweating. It should be used cautiously in deficiency conditions with sweating or asthma and cough due to failure of the kidneys in receiving Qi.|