Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Leafless Ephedra
Common name:

Leafless Ephedra

Synonym name:

Chinese ephedra

Hebrew name:

שרביטן מצוי

Scientific name:

Ephedra foemina or Ephedra campilopoda



Arabic name:

עלד الافيدرين

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80-1.6 m
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Leafless ephedra is growing in Mediterranean woodlands and forests; in Rocky areas, Grieg and Scrub areas, and near human habitation. It is common on the coast of the Galilee, Akko Valley, Carmel Beach, Sharon, Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee, the Jezreelitess Valley, Carmel, Samaria, Shfelat Yehuda, Judean Mountains and the northern area of the Negev.
The leafless Ephedra is a climber shrub from the Ephedraceae family, its long green stems are flexible and look like a scepter, and hence its Hebrew name is sharvitan - scepter. The fruit is juicy and red and contains a single seed. 
  In the folk medicine the plant is common as a remedy for low blood pressure, cough, asthma (asthma) and sexual diseases. It is also effective against body allergic reactions. 
For asthma:  Cook 5 g of green stems in a liter of water for an hour. Drain the decoction and drink from it 5 tablespoons a day. 
For  allergic reactions:  Dip 10 g of green stems in a liter of boiling water for 20 min. Drain the decoction, sweeten it, and drink from it a cup a day. 
It is mostly recommended not to exaggerate in the dosage and the duration of the treatment because overuse can affect the blood pressure and the heart rate. 
In the Chinese medicine the ephedra plant has been used already before 4000 years. Chinese medicine recommends formulas with ephedra  to treat asthma, colds, bronchitis, cough, and even more.