What Is Ephedra Used For?
The once popular stimulant was used for weight loss, sports performance, and asthma and other respiratory problems.
Ephedra is used in weight loss supplements. Proponents claim that it may help promote weight loss and suppress appetite.
Ephedra is similar in structure to amphetamine, so it has been used to increase athletic performance in strength and endurance sports, increase alertness and aggressiveness on the field, and reduce fatigue in sports such as ice hockey, baseball, football, and cycling.
There is no strong evidence, however, that it can improve sports performance, and is not recommended for this purpose given the potential side effects..
Asthma and Other Respiratory Disorders
Ephedra has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and Western herbalism as a remedy for bronchitis, allergies, fever, chills and cold and flu symptoms, such as nasal congestion.