Ephedra/Ephedrine are NOT in cold medicine
Cold medicine contains PSEUDO Ephedrine, which is a synthetic, and somewhat safer ingredient if taken for short periods of time. Ma Huang is not a safe form of energy specifically because most people take it for a very long time, which causes many internal illnesses. The worst being that it causes heart palipitations and even heart attacks, because it is essentially speed. I urge people not to take pills to lose weight. the problem is that everyone is looking for an easy answer. Diet and exercise are the way to go, it's tough, but it's a **** of a lot safer than using drugs to get there...