Ephedra nevadensis, also called Mormon tea, is a type of plant found predominately in the Southwest region of the United States. Contrary to popular belief, this plant does not contain much, if any, ephedrine, a substance that may help certain people lose weight, the Office of Dietary Supplements explains. Use of ephedra nevadensis may have medicinal benefits such as clearing toxins or excess fluids from the body. Talk with your doctor about the side effects of ephedra nevadensis before using this herbal treatment.
Consumption of ephedra nevadensis may irritate your stomach or digestive tract. If this occurs, you may feel nauseated or develop stomach-related complaints, RxList warns. Ephedra nevadensis may also induce constipation, which can cause infrequent or difficult stool production. If you experience constipation, you may also develop abdominal cramping, pain or bloating. Talk with a medical professional if stomach discomfort or constipation persists or becomes severe.
Use of this natural medicinal treatment may cause increased urination as a side effect. You may need to empty your bladder more frequently than usual or you may notice that you excrete a larger-than-normal volume of fluid when you void your bladder. Frequent urination may be bothersome or may cause you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night to use the bathroom. Consult your doctor if frequent or increased urination is accompanied by burning, pain or unexplained weight loss. This side effect of using ephedra nevadensis may also be a sign of a urinary tract infection or diabetes.
Additional Health Effects
Ephedra nevadensis may damage your kidneys or liver, which may cause symptoms of stomach or back pain, dark urine, pale stools, or dry skin. Consuming ephedra nevadensis may also be related to the development of throat or nose cancer in certain people. If you have a history of throat or nose cancer or liver or kidney disease, seek additional guidance from your medical provider before you use this herbal treatment.