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Sida cordifolia

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Sida cordifolia is an herb in the Malvaceae family used widely in Ayurvedic medicine. Sida cordifolia contains ephedrine. There are about 40 species of plants that contain a version of ephedrine that includes Ephedra,mahuang and epitonin . It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5000 years ago for the treatment of asthma and hay fever. The alkaloids, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are the active constituents of Sida cordifolia. Ephedrine is both a stimulant (similar to adrenaline) and a thermogenic. It stimulates the brain, increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expands bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Its thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.
It is generally used by bodybuilders and athletes for superior performance and leaner bodies. It contains ephedrine. Ephedrine is considered a banned substance by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), FDA and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The FDA has received nearly 1000 reports of "adverse events" from consumers using one of over 100 supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids.


What is the effective dosage of Sida cordifolia supplementation?

Up to 25 mg in one dose is considered safe in cold remedies, higher dosages (75 mg in two - three divided dosages per day) is needed to get stimulant and fat loss effect. Higher dosages than 75 mg per day would increase the side effects and adverse health effects. Professional athletes use it for weight loss in this combination asprin, ephedrine & caffeine. 50-100mg of Ephedrine, 200mg of Caffeine and 300mg of Aspirin. Cycling it for 6 weeks at a time and then taking 2 weeks away from it. This combination is called "ECA"stack.

What are the benefits of Sida cordifolia supplementation?

• Sida cordifolia increases the alertness, arousal and motivation to train.
• It is both a stimulant (similar to adrenaline) and a thermogenic. It stimulates the brain, increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expands bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Its thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.
• It is used in combination with caffeine (guarana) and aspirin (willow bark) to create a power thermogenic stack (fat loss), therefore fat loss.
• It is used in many decongestants and asthma drugs.
• Research studies proved that it does not have any effect on development of muscle strength and endurance. But it can stimulate beta-2 agonist receptor on muscle cells, which could increase the force of muscle contractions.


What are the side effects of Sida cordifolia supplementation?

Side effects of Sida cordifolia (ephedrine) may include irritability, nervousness, dizziness, trembling, headache, itchy scalp and skin, vomiting and hyperthermia. Chemical dependence may also develop. Discontinue use and call a physician or licensed, qualified health-care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, severe headache, shortness of breath, or other.
Cautions-
• Not for use by individuals under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a physician or licensed, qualified health-care professional before using this product if you have, or have a family history of, heart disease, angina, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, recurrent headaches, bleeding disorder, depression or other psychiatric condition, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, or seizure disorder; if you are using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine (ingredients found in certain decongestants and allergy, asthma, cough/cold, and weight-control products). There are other products or ingredients that contain ephedra or relatives of it, though you wouldn't know from the labels. For instance, Sida cordifolia (country mallow) supplies ephedrine compounds. Mormon Tea and Desert Tea are actually types of ephedrine. Ephedrine itself is broken down in the body to norephedrine: some supplements contain this rather than ephedrine. Its supporters claim it's safer than ephedrine, but norephedrine may actually be worse.