Ephedra Root (Mahuanggen)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Ephedrae|
|Botanical Name:||Ephedra sinica stapf
Ephedra equisetina Bge.
Ephedra intermedia schrenk et C. A. Mey.
|Common Name:||Ephedra root|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The roots are dug in the period of the Beginning of Autumn (thirteenth solar term). After the fibrous roots have been removed, the roots are cleaned and cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and neutral|
|Functions:||To stop sweating|
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Spontaneous sweating.
*Use with Astragalus root (Huangqi) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui).
2. Night sweating.
*Use with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) and Oyster shell (Muli).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with exterior syndromes.|