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Re: ephedra

National Library of Medicine Disctionary Definition:

Main Entry: ephed·ra
Pronunciation: i-fed-r, ef-d-r
Function: noun
1 a capitalized : a large genus of jointed nearly leafless shrubs (family Gnetaceae) of dry or desert regions that have the leaves reduced to scales at the nodes and include some (especially E. sinica) that are a source of ephedrine -- see MA HUANG b : any plant of the genus Ephedra
2 : an extract of ma huang containing ephedrine and related alkaloids and used as a dietary supplement .

Quote from Medline, Link Below:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collected thousands of reports of serious toxicity (including over 100 deaths). On December 30, 2003, U.S. federal officials announced plans to ban the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra, due to continued and growing health concerns. The FDA notified more than 60 companies that market ephedra products, and issued a consumer warning. On February 6th, 2004 The FDA issued a final rule prohibiting the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra) because such supplements present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. The rule became effective 60 days from the date of publication.

Sounds a little risky.

Here is a link to to Ephedra Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Medline:



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