It’s all just one herb but why so many names?
Here’s a little background:
Native Americans first acquainted Mormon pioneers with the healing powers of this herb as they trekked westward in the mid-nineteenth century. The settlers came to use it widely and even now the plant is still named for their leader, Brigham Young. Today, you can use Brigham tea to assist the body in dealing with symptoms associated with asthma, anemia, or just drink it for some herbal pick-me-up.
If you want to go even further back in time, Brigham Tea (or in this case, it would be called Ma Huang) has been found in the records of Chinese medicine as far back as 220 B.C. It has a variety of uses. In addition to assisting the lungs, Brigham tea aids the body in circulation and helps stimulate the heart muscle. It also assists the body to relax the bronchioles and helps warm the body for all cold conditions. One last thing, and probably it’s most popular attribute, is that it helps the body with energy and is commonly used in weight loss supplements.
But, don’t just leave it at that. There is so much more to this herb. Look it up! For more information, make sure you check it out under Ma Huang in the Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason N.D.