Health Herbs

Natural Energy Booster

Sida cordifolia
Sida cordifolia, also known as Bala or Country Mallow, is a perennial member of the mallow family and native to India. It has naturalized throughout the world, and is often considered an invasive weed in Africa, Australia, the southern United States, Hawaiian Islands, New Guinea, and French Polynesia. The name, cordifolia, refers to its heart-shaped leaf.
In India the use of Bala or Sida Cordifolia has been in use for more than 5,000 years. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered a tonic for boosting the constitution. In modern times, Sida Cordifolia is popular among body builders and athletes for its ability to release energy in the body.


Commercial Sida Cordifolia products often include caffeine and white willow. The combination creates a powerful thermogenic supplement. Thermogenics cause a rise in the rate of internal energy, creating a latent form of fat-burning. However, the addition of caffeine can also give rise to unwanted or risky side-effects.

On its own, this herb has a similar effect and contains the same alkaloids as Ephedra, though its effects are somewhat milder. It is a safer option to Ephedrine, which is a powerful amphetamine and illegal in this country.

Bala can be used for:

  • mood enhancing,
  • improving concentration,
  • increased alertness/focus,
  • stimulating,

This makes it good as a pre-workout boost to tap into hidden energy reserves. In addition, the herb can be used for:

  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Chills
  • Lack of Perspiration
  • Headaches
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Cough
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Urinary Infections
  • Sore Mouth
  • Fluid Retention
  • Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Inflammation
  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Chest Infection
  • Muscle Cramps

Ephedra is a powerful stimulant. Combining it with caffeine can pose major health concerns, including death. It suppresses the effects of alcohol, which can lead to possible alcohol poisoning, as it can make you feel less drunk than you are.

Side effects include sweating, chest pains, irregular heartbeat, shaking, vomiting, stomach pain, anxiety, dizziness, headache and nausea. Stop taking it you notice any of these symptoms.

By Martine Lillycrop

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