Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Ephedra equisetina.
The stems are a pungent, bitter, warm herb that dilates the bronchial vessels whilst stimulating the heart and central nervous system. They are also diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, pectoral, tonic, 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[K]. 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.
Division in spring or autumn.Layering.
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- Fruit (Unknown use)
- Unknown part (Antidote)
- Unknown part (Antihydrotic)
- Unknown part (Cardiac)
- Unknown part (Diaphoretic)
- Unknown part (Diuretic)
- Unknown part (Pectoral)
- Unknown part (Vasoconstrictor)
- Unknown part (Vasodilator)
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