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In the past, ma huang was commonly used as a weight loss pill. However, it was banned in the United States because it caused dangerous and even life-threatening side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. There is no dose of ma huang that is considered safe and effective. If you take too much of this substance, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.

What Is Ma Huang?

Ma huang (also known as ephedra) is a naturally occurring substance that is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It was popular as a weight loss supplement, until it was banned in the United States due to safety concerns. Ma huang is still allowed in traditional Chinese medicine and in food products, such as tea.
(Click What Is Ma Huang Used For? for more information.)

Does Ma Huang Causes Side Effects?

Ma huang can cause several side effects, such as:
(Click Side Effects of Ma Huang to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Dosing Information

Currently, there is no established dose of ma huang that is considered safe and effective (see Ma Huang Dosing for more information).

Drug Interactions

Ma huang can interact with a number of different medications (see Drug Interactions With Ma Huang).
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