- What other names is Mormon Tea known by?
- What is Mormon Tea?
- How does Mormon Tea work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Mormon Tea.
Be careful not to confuse Mormon tea (Ephedra nevadensis) with ephedra (Ephedra sinica and other ephedra species). Unlike these other plants, Mormon tea does not contain ephedrine, an unsafe stimulant.
As a medicine, people take Mormon tea for sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea. It is also used for colds, kidney disorders, and as a "spring" tonic.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Kidney problems.
- Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea.
- Other conditions.
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Possible side effects include stomach complaints, kidney and liver damage, nose or throat cancer, increased urination, and constipation.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Mormon tea seems to be safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Mormon tea absorbs substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking Mormon tea along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take Mormon tea at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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