Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -1020

Accepted - Volume 322

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Terry Tangredi Date/Time 2003-03-31 10:38:31
Organization Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments As an acupuncturist and as a person with asthma who has taken ephedra as prescribed by a certifided Chinese herbalist I wish to express the value of ephedra when taken responsibly as used in Chinese medicne for thousands of years. In Chinese herbal medicine this herb is used for asthma and respiratory illnesses in combination with other herbs to counteract the negative side effects and the dosage is managed to avoid the cardiovasular risks. Ephedra is never used in Chinese medicine for weight loss or for enhancing athletic performance. As we all know, any substance may be abused. This is no reason to prohibit the correct and judicious use of this herb. Please do educate consumers about the dangers of the incorrect use of this and other herbs but do not prohibit licensed acupuncturists and certified herbalists from using and prescribing this herb. Thank you for letting me express my opinion.




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