bronchitis, bronchospasm, and other breathing problems. But large and possibly unsafe doses are needed. Using ephedra for these conditions is not worth the risk, since there are many safer alternative treatments.
Ephedra is often promoted for weight loss, but it is not safe or effective for this use.
There isn't enough information to know if ephedra is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: improving athletic performance, allergies, nasal congestion, colds, flu, fever and many more.
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