Herbs Guide


Family Name: Ephedraceae

Botanical Name(s): Ephedra sinica

Popular Name(s): Mahuang, Ma Huang, Desert Tea, Mormon Tea, American Ephedra, Chinese Ephedra, European Ephedra, Pakistani Ephedra, Ephedra.

Habitat: It grows mainly in Mongolia and the bordering regions of China and is also found on the Tundra and rocky and sandy slopes.

Description: The Ephedra plant is a perennial evergreen that reaches a height of four feet. The plant is nearly leafless, and has cylindrical, slender yellow-green branches and under-runners.

Uses: Ephedra is useful in the treatment of mild to moderate hay fever, asthma, common cold and as a weight loss aid.