Ma Huang, Xi Xin and Fu Zi : The Benefits and the Risks
Ma Huang, Xi Xin and Fu Zi : The Benefits and the Risks (free webinar)
Ma Huang, Xi Xin and Fu Zi are three important herbs in Chinese medicine and they are also controversial due to concerns regarding safety. In this webinar, these three herbs will be presented from the perspective of botany, chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology. This overview is meant to inform clinicians and help them determine their treatment options in the clinic with these herbs.
Ma Huang is one of the most commonly used TCM herbs. Its active ingredients are ephedrine-type alkaloids - mainly ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are responsible for both its use in TCM and other areas. Due to its potential for abuse and adverse effects, the use of Ma Huang and products containing ephedrine has been strictly regulated in many countries, including China.
Xi Xin is banned in Europe due to its high potential to cause kidney damage and cancer. However, Xi Xin and its preparations are still allowed in China and available online from illegal sources. Therefore, the health risks of Xi Xin will be emphasized in this webinar.
Fu Zi is a traditionally toxic Chinese herb. Both its pharmacological effect and toxicity are attributable to its aconitine-type alkaloids, which should be strictly controlled. Because of the toxicity of Fu Zi and the risk of serious adverse effects, it is important to use this herb with caution. Some precautions when using this herb will be discussed.
Course language: English
Length: 1 hour
Please note: Because this is a free informational webinar, no certificates will be given to participants.