Ephedra-containing dietary supplements in the US versus Ephedra as a Chinese medicine

Sangeeta R. Mehendale, Brent A. Bauer, Chun Su Yuan

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Ephedra has been commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) without significant adverse effects. Ephedra-containing dietary supplements are widely used in the United States to promote weight reduction and energy enhancement. However, there are significant safety concerns regarding the use of ephedra-containing dietary supplements, especially when such use occurs by consumers without medical supervision. This article reviews and contrasts the usage of ephedra as a dietary supplement in the US against an herbal medication in TCM. The potential adverse effects of ephedra-containing dietary supplements are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004


  • Adverse effects
  • Dietary supplement
  • Ephedra
  • Ephedra sinica
  • Safety
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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