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A plant native to China and India, also known as ma huang, that is used traditionally as a diuretic and to fight asthma, bronchitis, and cough. Ephedra has also been promoted as a decongestive agent, a weight loss aid, and a supplement to boost energy. Due to the possible negative interactions of Ephedra with other drugs, the FDA has prohibited the sale of supplements containing ephedra.
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