Ma Huang Dosing

In 2004, the FDA determined that ma huang was unsafe. Because there were reports that ma huang caused dangerous side effects when it was taken in low doses for a short period of time, there are no ma huang dosing guidelines that are considered to be safe and effective. You should also be cautious when buying any herbal supplement (including ma huang), as the label on the bottle may not correctly reflect what is in the bottle.

Ma Huang Dosing: An Overview

A safe and effective ma huang (ephedra) dosage cannot be recommended. The FDA banned ma huang in 2004, and that ban is still in place. The FDA does not have any authority to ban a supplement unless it can prove that the supplement is unsafe -- it clearly and convincingly showed that ma huang was indeed unsafe. You may hear that ma huang is only dangerous when used for a long period of time or in high doses. However, there have been reports of dangerous side effects in people taking low ma huang doses for a short period of time.
If you decide to use a ma huang supplement, it is important to understand that what you see on the label may not reflect what is in the bottle. For example, some herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals or prescription drugs, and some have been found to have much more or much less of the featured ingredient than their label states. Usually, to avoid such problems, it is recommended to make sure the maker of your herbal supplement is a trusted and reputable manufacturer. However, because ma huang has been banned, no manufacturer that makes ma huang should be considered trustworthy and reputable.

Ma Huang Dosing: Final Thoughts

By taking ma huang, you are gambling with your health in several different ways. You are gambling that you will be lucky enough not to experience any dangerous ma huang side effects. You are also gambling with your health by taking a product made by a manufacturer that is not trustworthy and is operating illegally. Even if a safe and effective ma huang dosage could be recommended, you would have no way of knowing if you were actually getting that dose (because the ma huang manufacturers cannot be trusted).
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