MaHuanglg.jpgMa Huang (Ephedra) [“Hemp Yellow”]

Category: Warm Herbs that Release the Exterior
Nature: Warm
Flavor: acrid, slightly bitter
Channels: LU, UB

Functions: promotes sweats and relieve exterior, relieve asthma, promote urination
wheezing, sweating, promotes urination
Ind: 1. ext. syndrome due to wind-cold, such as fever, aversion to cold, headache, body ache, nasal congestion, no sweating, superficial& tight pulse
2. Cough or asthma caused by obstruction of qi in the lung due to invasion of wind-cold
3. Edema w/ ext. syndrome

Dose 1.5-10g.
Contra: spontaneous sweats due to deficiency of wei qi, night sweats due to yin deficiency and asthma due to failure of the kidney to grasp qi

Formulas Featuring Ma Huang

Ma Huang Tang (Ephedra Decoction) [chief]
Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction) [chief]
Ding Chuan Tang (Arrest Wheezing Decoction) [chief]