Jointfir Plant Information
Jointfir grows in the following 1 states:California
Ephedra distachya is a shrub in the family Ephedraceae, about 25cm to 50cm high, that grows in southern and central Europe and parts of western and central Asia from Portugal to Kazakhstan. Its local names include somlatha.
It is used to relieve acute muscular and rheumatic pains (when it is called teamsters' tea), as a stimulant, and in the cardio tonics in Ayurveda. It is sometimes identified with the legendary drug soma, as described in the Avesta and the Rig Veda, the respective ancient sacred texts of the Zoroastrian and Hindu faiths.
Ephedrine, an alkaloid, is obtained from its dried branches and is used as a stimulant, often to control asthma. It was isolated from the plant by Nagayoshi Nagai in 1885. All parts of the plant contain up to 3% ephedrine.
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