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Did you know that there are many patented formulations using ephedra?  Ephedra is the primary ingredient of the most successful weight loss supplements.  It's too bad that the government threw out the baby with the bath water on this valuable herb.  What a loss to those in need of help in losing weight!  And what a loss to those companies that spent their time and hard-earned research dollars creating, testing and patenting these formulations.

Below is a list showing the abstracts of the more interesting formulations using or citing ephedra.  Click on the link for the full patent.

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Method for weight loss - The original ECA Stack
No. 5,055,460

October 8, 1991

A method for producing or maintaining weight loss by administering to a human a composition containing an effective amount of each of caffine, aspirin and ephedrine. The pharmaceutical composition can be administered concurrently with caloric restriction or in the absence of caloric restriction, for the purpose of reducing weight or maintaining body weight.

Hangover treatment
No. 6,485,758

November 26, 2002

A cure for a hangover containing the active ingredient ephedrine in powdered form enclosed in a capsule. In a second embodiment this cure contains ephedrine and charcoal, while in a third embodiment, this cure contains Ephedra, charcoal and Vitamin B6. The use of any one of the three embodiments reduces the symptoms associated with alcohol intoxication and hangovers thereby speeding up recovery. The Ephedra, Vitamin B-6 and charcoal may be combined on a wt % ratio of 1:2.5:10. The Ephedra may come in the form of Ma Huang having 6% wt % Ephedra. One type of dosage is in the form of individual capsules having 10 Mg of Ephedra, 25 Mg of Vitamin B-6 and 100 Mg of activated charcoal. The recommended dosage would be two capsules so that users who are experiencing a hangover or alcohol related side effects may take up to 20 Mg of Ephedra, 50 Mg of Vitamin B-6 and 200 Mg of activated charcoal. This cure may also consist of a therapeutic method for curing the effects of alcohol consumption wherein this dosage could be taken after the consumption of alcohol.

Dislcosed are methods and compositions for producing weight loss in a mammal by administration of a composition containing a weight loss effective amount of a noradrenaline stimulating compound such as ephedrine, mahuang (a plant source of ephedrine alkaloids), citrus aurantium (bitter orange), synephrine, norephedrine, psuedophedrine, a methylxanthine, such as caffeine or guarana, and a botanical COX inhibitor such as resveratrol polygonum cuspidatum, scutellaria baicalensis, turmeric, curcumin, rosmary, green tea, ocimum sanctum (holy basil), or ginger, instead of an NSAID such as aspirin, and optionally a free fatty acid reducing compound. The thermogenic formula is coupled with a growth hormone stimulating formulation containing L-arginine or L-omithine, L-lysine, and a free fatty acid reducing agent such as nicotinic acid. The thermogenic formula would preferably be administered in the daytime, and the growth hormone producing formula at nighttime. The two compositions form a system of AM and PM weight loss strategy for the therapeutic intervention of obesity.

A dietary supplement for legume protein containing galactosidase, methionine, medium chain fatty acids or their derivatives, and optionally thermogenic additives, antioxidants, vitamins and spices. Improved legume protein is also provided, wherein the dietary supplement is already admixed with the legume protein. It may be formulated as a dried powder that can easily be reconstituted as refried beans, protein shakes, soups and the like. Alternatively, ready-to-eat foods may be prepared as described. A method of reducing body weight is also provided, the method being consuming at least a single serving of legume protein per day, wherein said legume protein is as described above. Methods of weight control, include avoiding the consumption of foods with a high glycemic index and consuming foods with a low glycemic index and also avoiding the consumption of foods that stimulate the appetite and consuming foods that satiate the appetite.

Weight loss product
No. 6,420,350

July 16, 2002

Supplement compositions designed to support weight loss and increase energy.

This invention relates to the evolving science that a new and unique combination of ma huang extract (ephedrine alkaloids), caffeine and glucosamine sulfate results in increased weight loss and energy.

Materials derived from Citrus plants can be administered orally to humans for the purpose of producing or maintaining weight loss as well as for improving the person's physical performance and increasing the person's lean muscle mass. The Citrus materials include those portions of the plant that are normally considered waste or inedible, such as the leaves, peel, and immature, unripe fruit. The materials contain at least one of the alkaloids from the group consisting of synephrine, hordenine, octopamine, tyramine and N-methyltyramine (1). Two species, Citrus aurantium and Citrus reticulata, are particularly useful. The materials can be administered in their natural form or as extracts, and can be administered in various ways including capsules and tablets. The Citrus materials may also be used as a tea. For weight loss and weight control, the materials can be administered concurrently with caloric restriction or in the absence of caloric restriction. The materials may also be administered for the purpose of increasing muscle mass concurrently with a high protein diet as well as with an exercise program.

Materials derived from Citrus plants can be administered orally to humans for the purpose of producing or maintaining weight loss as well as for improving the person's physical performance and increasing the person's lean muscle mass. The Citrus materials include those portions of the plant that are normally considered waste or inedible, such as the leaves, peel, and immature, unripe fruit. The materials contain at least one of the alkaloids from the group consisting of synephrine, hordenine, octopamine, tyramine and N-methyltyramine (1). Two species, Citrus aurantium and Citrus reticulata, are particularly useful. The materials can be administered in their natural form or as extracts, and can be administered in various ways including capsules and tablets. The Citrus materials may also be used as a tea. For weight loss and weight control, the materials can be administered concurrently with caloric restriction or in the absence of caloric restriction. The materials may also be administered for the purpose of increasing muscle mass concurrently with a high protein diet as well as with an exercise program.

Compositions and methods for enhancing the effects of therapeutic compositions are provided. The compositions comprise singly or in combination herbals, natural nutritional supplements, minerals and vitamins. Methods of making these compositions are also provided.

Materials derived from Citrus plants can be administered orally to humans for the purpose of producing or maintaining weight loss as well as for improving the person's physical performance and increasing the person's lean muscle mass. The Citrus materials include those portions of the plant that are normally considered waste or inedible, such as the leaves, peel, and immature, unripe fruit. The materials contain at least one of the alkaloids from the group consisting of synephrine, hordenine, octopamine, tyramine and N-methyltyramine (1). Two species, Citrus aurantium and Citrus reticulata, are particularly useful. The materials can be administered in their natural form or as extracts, and can be administered in various ways including capsules and tablets. The Citrus materials may also be used as a tea. For weight loss and weight control, the materials can be administered concurrently with caloric restriction or in the absence of caloric restriction. The materials may also be administered for the purpose of increasing muscle mass concurrently with a high protein diet as well as with an exercise program.

The present invention is directed to herbal compositions which reduce weight, maintain weight loss over an extended period of time, and act as an appetite suppressant. The composition consists of St. John's Wort with or without caffeine or other appetite suppressants known in the art, and also a composition comprising St. John's Wart (Hypericum perforatum) and Mahuang (Ephedra sinica or ephedrine). Another composition disclosed comprises a combination of the above herbs with caffeine.

The present invention is directed to herbal compositions which reduce weight, maintain weight loss over an extended period of time, and act as an appetite suppressant. The composition consists of St. John's Wort with or without caffeine or other appetite suppressants known in the art, and also a composition comprising St. John's Wart (hypericin) and Mahuang (Ephedra sinica or ephedrine). Another composition disclosed comprises a combination of the above herbs with caffeine.

A weight reduction composition comprises a sympathomimetic agent and a mineral cation salt or chelate capable of enhancing carbohydrate metabolism, protein or fatty acid synthesis, retarding protein breakdown or lowering serum cholesterol levels such as trivalent and hexavalent chromium and vanadium salts and chelates. Preferred is a weight reduction composition containing ephedrine and chromium picolinate. This composition is presented in a variety of formulations, and is suitable for application to the reduction of weight of normal, slightly and grossly overweight humans.

Method for decreasing appetite
No. 5,019,594

May 28, 1991

A composition for decreasing appetite comprising an indirect-acting sympathomimetic drug and tyrosine or a tyrosine precursor. The drug may be phenylpropanolamine, amphetamine, or ephedrine. The tyrosine enhances the known appetite-suppressing activity of the drug.

 

Other interesting patent formulations that mention but do not contain ephedra or ephedrine:

The present invention relates to a dietary supplement for the treatment of obesity, including both weight loss and reduction of weight gain. Pursuant to the invention, a decoction of a herbal mixture, comprising rhubarb, red saga root, astragalus, turmeric, and dried ginger and various combinations thereof, provides therapeutic weight loss as well as lipid reduction and change body composition. The invention includes methods of manufacture and administration and also includes the herbal decoction in various forms of administration and in combination with food.

Phytochemicals for promoting weight loss
No. 6,534,085

March 18, 2003

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New dietary supplement compositions are disclosed that comprise the phytochemical Diindolylmethane (DIM), as well as its precursor, Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), and cogener, 2-(Indol-3-ylmethyl)-3,3' diindolylmethane (LTR-1), dietary supplement acceptable carriers and/or excipients. The use of these dietary supplement compositions facilitate weight loss as part of a nutritional system targeting release and metabolism of stored fat.  

 

 



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