|Scientific noun: Sida cordifolia|
|Common noun: : Bala|
|Family :Mallow family -malvaceae|
|Description: Perennial shrub of the mallow family up to 1 m. Erect stems, ligneous. Leaves cordate, hairy with serrate edge. Yellow flowers, gathered in final inflorescences. Fruit in capsule.|
|Habitat: Native from tropical America, it has spread along many tropical regions in the world , where propagates so fast to be considered an invasive herb. This generally occurs in very spoilt soils because of the heavy rains, excessive hot or uncontrolled grazing.|
|Active parts: Seeds, leaves and roots|
Given the toxicity of its components it is not advised to use home-made preparations.
The continuous use of products with ephedrine can bear a series
of risks to health. Its effects, similar to those of the amphetamines,
can be more counteractive when ephedrine is taken in combination with
other stimulants, especially with the caffeine. One has to keep in mind
that many products considered as natural medicines either to diminish
weight, or for the treatment of breathing ailments, contain this component.
By not being aware of its presence, or when ignoring its contraindications,
a prolonged use, specially combined with other stimulants, can be harmful.
On the other hand, we don't have to forget that the mentioned alkaloid
needs every time higher doses to achieve the same objectives. For these
reasons many states of United States have prohibited the use of the
ephedrine in the dietary complements
Treatment: Avoid a prolonged used of products containing ephedrine.