Ephedra has been used extensively for the treatment of asthma, and also as a natural decongestant and antihistamine (Brown, 1995). It has become a very popular ingredient in herbal combinations for allergies and hay fever. Since it is a stimulant which increases the metabolism and increases body temperature, it has been used to control weight and to help prevent sleep (Brown, 1995). One of the side effects of increased metabolism is an increased pulse rate and a slight elevation in blood pressure. Ephedra is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, heart problems, or thyroid problems.
Ma huang is not toxic if directions are read and followed. This container states that you should take two tablets in the morning, two in the afternoon, and two in the evening. You are warned to take no more than six tablets in one day. For every two tablets you take, it costs about forty cents. If you continue to use this product it can add up to a pretty penny after awhile.
There were a few side effects to taking ephedra that I did find. The first is dry mouth, which can be avoided if you increase your intake of fluids. The other was insomnia. Common sense tells you to decrease your dosage if you can