Ma Huang Plant

Ma Huang Plant

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Caption: Ma Huang or Ephedra sinica is a gnetophyte plant which has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes. It contains the compound ephedrine which is similar in structure to amphetamine and methamphetamine and is used as a stimulant, appetite suppressant, and decongestant.

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Keywords: ephedra, ephedra sinica, ephedrine, gnetophyta, gnetophyte, gnetopsida, herbal medicine, ma huang, mahuang, medical, medication, medicinal herb, medicinal plant, plant, traditional chinese medicine

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