E-mail: ab. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract The medicinal significance of Ephedra is based on the sympathomimetic properties of ephedrine E alkaloids. Pharmacological effects depend on the phytocomposition of individual Ephedra species. The aim of this study was to measure the total alkaloids content TAC , total phenolics content TPC , and total flavonoids content TFC and determine their relationship in dry herb of Ephedra major, Ephedra distachya subsp.

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Efedra, Ephedra fragilis | DescripciĆ³n, Usos y Propiedades Medicinales

See Article History Ephedra, genus of 65 species of gymnosperm shrubs of the family Ephedraceae. Ephedra is an evolutionally isolated group and is the only genus in the order Ephedrales division Gnetophyta. Species are distributed in dry regions in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Frank Vincentz Physical description Members of the genus Ephedra are low, straggling, or climbing desert shrubs. The leaves , reduced to scales about one centimetre long, are opposite or whorled about the nodes of green branchlets. The bulk of photosynthesis occurs in the green stems.


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Special Uses Cultivation details Requires a well-drained loamy soil and a sunny position[11]. Established plants are drought resistant and are also lime tolerant[]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain, tolerating a few degrees of frost[]. The report on medicinal uses refers specifically to E. This plant is growing outdoors at Kew, probably planted in , and seems to be perfectly hardy[K].

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