Zong Ma Huang

Zong Ma Huang

Herb Ma Huang Zhong Ma

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Ephedra intermedia

(Chinese ephedra) Properties and uses are similar to those of E. sinica but contains the additional anti-inflammatory compound, ephedroxane. Saponin content is somewhat lower than E. equisetina. Native of dry grasslands of Central Asia, Tibet, China and Mongolia. Prefers dry, well-drained sandy loam. Ht.30in.

Gritty mountain slopes at low elevations. Grasslands, deserts, river valleys, floodlands, sandy beaches, cliffs, other dry, sandy or rocky places

Ephedra intermedia is an evergreen shrub
The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) The plant is not self-fertile.

USDA hardiness zone : 5-9
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

The best time to plant Herb Ma Huang Zhong Ma seeds are in the beginning of spring. It is said that germination is achieved rather easily for these seeds (BUT see instructions below), although it should be done in a warm, moist, and sandy area. Put the ephedra seeds on top of the soil and then cover lightly with more soil or sand. You must keep this area moist until they have indeed germinated. This should take 10-12 days, but leaving them outside or in colder weather might lead to a longer time frame.

Using an indoor green house would be the perfect environment for growing these seeds and plants. These seedlings are usually tiny in the beginning, so you would want to wait until they have grown at least ¾” before moving them to a more permanent location. Additionally, using pots will almost always lead to better results than planting them directly in the ground.

Members of this genus contain various medicinally active alkaloids (but notably ephedrine) and they are widely used in preparations for the treatment of asthma and catarrh. Ephedrine has a similar effect to adrenaline in the body. It acts promptly to reduce swellings of the mucous membranes and has antispasmodic properties, thus making it valuable in the treatment of asthma. This species contains between 0.7 and 2.33% alkaloids, of which 10% is ephedrine. The whole plant can be used at much lower concentrations than the isolated constituents – unlike using the isolated ephedrine, using the whole plant rarely gives rise to side-effects. The plant also has antiviral effects, particularly against influenza. The stems are a pungent, bitter, warm herb that dilates the bronchial vessels whilst stimulating the heart and central nervous system. The stems are also antidote, diaphoretic. diuretic, vasoconstrictor and vasodilator. They are used internally in the treatment of asthma, hay fever and allergic complaints. They are also combined with a number of other herbs and used in treating a wide range of complaints. This herb should be used with great caution, preferably under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. It should not be prescribed to patients who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or suffering from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism or glaucoma. Ephedrine is seen as a performance-boosting herb and, as such, is a forbidden substance in many sporting events such as athletics. The stems can be harvested at any time of the year and are dried for later use. The root is antihydrotic, it lowers blood pressure and dilates the peripheral blood vessels. It is used in the treatment of night sweating and spontaneous sweating.

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Information on this website is based on research from the internet, books, articles and studies and/or companies selling herbs online. Statements in this website have not necessarily been evaluated and should not be considered as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult your physician.

Use herbs in moderation and watch for allergic reactions.

If you are taking any other medication, are suffering from a medical condition and/or are at all concerned about any of the advice or ingredients consult your doctor before taking the herbs.

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or have/had breast cancer do not take any of the herbs (as many affect hormone balance, uterine contractions and are estrogenic).

Remember that diet, exercise and relaxation are equally important to your health.

SEEDS ARE DORMANT and do not germinate readily. Need light to germinate. Sow in light sterile soil mix. Do not cover. Press firmly and water. Place containers in garden, digging them part way into soil. Cover with loose mulch. Inspect and remove mulch when germination begins. Transplant when able to be safely handled. Dormant seeds often fail to germinate the 1st year and need a second winter to overcome dormancy. Indoors. Place seeded flat in fridge for 1-2 months or until germination begins.

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