By Niu Yuan-Qi
(Translation by Steven Clavey)
Ma Huang Tang (Ephedra Decoction) is a classic acrid-warm formula to bring on sweating and release the exterior, highly esteemed in Chinese medicine theory and as such an indispensible part of all undergraduate training. Yet at the same time it is not utilised as often as it could be clinically in the treatment of exteriorly generated conditions. Here I discuss some of the factors that can help those new to clinic use the formula safely and effectively.