from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various gymnospermous, mostly shrubby plants of the genus Ephedra, some of which are used as a source of ephedrine.
- n. A stimulant, often sold as pills or tablets, derived from a plant of this genus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant of the genus Ephedra of gymnosperm shrubs.
- n. A stimulant derived from the plant Ephedra sinica used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine and in over-the-counter weight-loss aids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of low, diœcious, gnetaceous shrubs, of about 20 species, found in desert or alkaline regions of the warmer temperate latitudes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. jointed and nearly leafless desert shrub having reduced scalelike leaves and reddish fleshy seeds
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Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, said the findings were the latest reminder that ephedra is dangerous and should be removed from store shelves.
While ephedra is banned by the NFL, the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee, use of the substance, which is available without prescription, is allowed in baseball.
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, Consumers Union wrote that Bechler's death "should remind all consumers about the dangers" of ephedra and "should serve as a clarion call to the [FDA] to immediately ban dietary supplements containing ephedra from the marketplace."
FDA commissioner Mark McClellan told USA TODAY a ban on ephedra is "something we definitely are considering."
The herb ephedra, which is found in many “miracle” weight-loss solutions, has the same mechanism of action but can cause heart attacks.
Its most active -- and controversial -- ingredients are two stimulants: 40 milligrams of caffeine (about what you get in a shot of espresso) and 12 milligrams of ephedra, which is derived from a Chinese herb called mahuang.
While dieting, Bechler was taking Xenadrine RFA-1, an over-the-counter drug containing ephedrine, the active ingredient in ephedra.
It is also called ephedra, and it is an over-the-counter, perfectly legal, very easy to get dietary supplement.
Caution: See earlier cautions on excessive use of the herb ephedra, which is a common ingredient in weight-loss products.