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Ma Huang

Posted by: admin on Feb 22, 2008 - 04:53 AM
Release the Exterior

Pungent-spicy, bitter and warm

Lung and urinary bladder

1. To promote diaphoresis; 2. To pacify asthma; 3.To benefit urination.

1.Wind-cold type of exterior syndrome manifested as chills, fever, headache, general pain, nasal obstruction, absence of sweating, thin and white tongue coating and superficial and tense pulse. In such cases, Ephedra (Ma Huang) is used with Cinnamon twigs (Gui Zhi) in the formula Mahuang Tang. 2. Cough and asthma due to invasion by exogenous wind and cold. Epherdra (Mahuang) is used with Apricot seed (Xing Ren)  in the formula Sanniu Tang. 3. Edema with exterior syndrome. This disease in Traditional Chinese medicine is similar to acute nephritic edema in Western medicine. Epherdra (Mahuang) is used with Gypsum (Shi Gao) in the formula Yuepi Tang.


This herb causes heavy sweating. It should be used cautiously in deficiency conditions with sweating or asthma and cough due to failure if the kidneys in receiving qi.

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