Ephedra's Details & Specifications

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Botanical Name :  Ephedra gerardiana Wall.
Hindi Name :  Amsania (View Name of this herb in more Languages)
English Name :  Ephedra


:  Expectorant


Stem :  Dried
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:  Gentianaceae
Geographical Source
The plant is indigenous to India and is found in following countries:- Australia China India Kenya Pakistan Spain Yugoslavia Ephedra is abundant in the drier regions of temperate and alpine Himalayas at altitude of 7000 – 14,000 ft. It occurs mainly in China, Pakistan, North West parts of India, Australia, Kenya, Spain and Yogoslavia. It is called as Ma-Huang where ‘Ma’ represents astringent taste and Huang denotes colour of drug which is yellow. It is generally found on sandy seashores and in temperate climates of both hemispheres.


Organoleptic characteristics
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Seeds :  Ephedra
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Physical Standards
Total Ash :  N/A
Moisture :  Not more than 5.0%

Chemical Constituents

Major chemical constituents responsible for physicochemical and therapeutic action of the herb are:- Ephedrine Nor-ephedrine n-Methyl ephedrine Pseudo-ephedrine Ephedradines Oxazolidone
Various minor chemical constituents of this drug are :-- Ephedradines Oxazolidone


To maintain physicochemical properties and medicinal values of the herb it is recommended to maintain following storage conditions:- Air tight containers Protection from light Protection from moisture