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CISTANCHE HERBAL DESCRIPTION
Cistanche deserticola is a holoparasitic member of the Orobanchaceae family of plants, commonly known as desert-broomrape. The plant lacks chlorophyll and obtains its nutrients and water in a parasitic fashion from the Black Saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron) and White Saxaul (Haloxylon persicum).
Cistanche deserticola is a perennial hardy, shrub-like herb 1 foot 4 inches to 5 feet 3-inches tall. It is shaped somewhat like a cross between a pine cone and a pineapple, with thick, fleshy stems and large, yellow flowers that grow smaller at the plant's apex.
Cistanche deserticola is widely distributed in China's deserts including the provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi, and Qinghai, and the Autonomous Regions of Xinjiang, Ningxia, and Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolia is the top native-producing area of the species; annual production is about 70 tons. The stems are gathered in the spring, when the sprouts have not come out of the ground or have just come up, dried in the sun and cut into slices for medicinal use.
Cistanche deserticola has been placed on CITES Appendix 2, a list of endangered species not banned from trade but requiring monitoring. CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). With increased consumption of cistanche, the population of the species has decreased and its area of distribution has shrunk. Aside from over-collection or indiscriminate collection, an important factor in the diminished supply of Cistanche is a loss of the Saxaul host, which is widely used for firewood.
CISTANCHE USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Along with other members of the Cistanche genus, Cistanche deserticola is a noted source of the Chinese herbal medicine.
Cistanche is commonly called Rou Cong Rong. Pharmaceutical materials, known in Chinese as suosuo dayuan, are produced by slicing the stems of the plant. Rou Cong Rong refers to the fleshy or meaty nature (rou) of the part used (the stem) and to its effects, which are calm and leisurely (congrong), that is, smooth, not sudden or harsh in tonifying yang (in contrast to other herbs that have a more vigorous action). It is obtained from various species of the genus Cistanche, mainly Cistanche salsa and Cistanche deserticola, but also from Cistanche tubulosa, C. sinensis, and C. ambigua.
Cistanches is shaped somewhat like a cross between a pineapple and a pine cone, with thick, fleshy stems and large, yellow flowers that grow smaller as the plant’s apex. It is collected in the spring, dried in the sun and then sliced for use. This is a genus of desert plants that are found worldwide, though the Chinese species differ from those in other countries; C. tubelosa is also found in the Mid-East. All the species of Cistanche, and the entire plant family to which they belong (Orobanchaceae), are parasitic: they lack chlorophyll and get their nutrients and water from other plants. The stubby rhizome of Cistanche is attached to the fine roots of host plants. The stems of Cistanch are sliced to produce the pharmacy materials.
Modern use of cistanche in Chinese herbalism is to treat yang deficiency that contributes to fertility problems (including impotence and female infertility) and reproductive system disorders such as profuse menstrual bleeding or leukorrhea. Additionally, it is used for coldness of the lower back and legs that leads to pain (e.g., lumbago) or weakness (e.g., muscle flaccidity). As a secondary property, cistanche is a mild laxative for dry stool.
The active ingredients isolated from Cistanche include iridoid and phenylpropenoid glycosides, such as acetoside (also called verbascoside, named for Verbena, from which it was first isolated), echinacoside (also found in the Western herb Echinacea), and cistanoside (named for Cistanche). The active constituents of Cistanche are quite similar to those of another kidney tonic, Rehmannia, which is a yin nourishing tonic. In fact, all three of these glycosides are also found in rehmannia, along with its primary iridoid glycoside, catalpol. Rehmannia and Cistanche are both rich in sterols, such as daucosterol and sitosterol. Thus, it could be that the "gentle" nature of Cistanche as a yang tonic is due to having ingredients that also nourish yin.
Free Bowel Movement: It can significantly improve the speed of intestinal propulsion, shorten the bowel transit time, and obviously inhibit the large intestine’s absorption of water. As a result it can moisten the feces and stimulate evacuation of feces. Enhance Immune Function: Its polysaccharides have a significant impact on the formation and activity of human lymphocytes. It can increase the proliferative response of lymphocytes, and thereby enhance the body’s immune function. Adjust The Circulatory System: It can protect the ischemic myocardium, lower blood fat levels, prevent atherosclerosis, stop thrombosis, reduce peripheral vascular resistance, expand peripheral vessel, lower blood pressure, protect the liver, and eliminate fatty liver. Treat Kidney-Deficiency Amenorrhea: It is rich in alkaloids, crystalline neutral substance, amino acids, trace elements, vitamins and other ingredients. It works as a yang herb as well as a jing herb, which can prevent the occurrence of yang deficiency and weight loss. Hence, it can effectively prevent and treat kidney-deficiency induced impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, menstruation, amenorrhea, infertility and other diseases. Defy Aging: Cistanoside is an ingredient found only in cistanches and one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients. So, it can improve memory and slow the aging process on the pituitary gland, gonads, thymus and other parts of the human body. Increase Libido In Men & Women: It acts as one of potency herbs or aphrodisiac since it contains acteoside, salidroside and other chemical ingredients that can effectively promote the function of the central nervous system, enhance the secretion of hormones and release neurotransmitters, and thereby increase libido. Nourish Body: It is rich in a lot of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which can greatly benefit human health. Build Up Strength: It can enhance your muscle glycogen stores, reduce post-exercise muscle protein degradation, and promote adaptive hypertrophy and hyperplasia in mitochondria in order to meet the energy needed for muscle contraction and rehabilitation. In addition, it still can significantly improve the synthesis of RNA and DNA in the liver and spleen of yang-deficiency animals. Hence, it is able to greatly enhance strength and relieve fatigue in yang deficiency syndrome. Other Effects: It can raise or decrease the nucleic acid content in the liver and spleen of yang-deficiency or yin-deficiency animals. In addition, it still can activate adrenal gland, release cortical hormone, and prompt the synthesis of DNA.
The uses of Cistanche have evolved over nearly 2,000 years. Cistanche was described in the oldest surviving herb classic, Shennong Bencao Jing (ca. 100 A.D.).
Cistanche is salty. It mainly treats the five taxations and seven damages, supplements the center, eliminates cold and heat and pain in the penis, nourishes the five viscera, strengthens yin, and boosts essence qi. In females, it makes pregnancy possible and treats concretions and conglomerations. Protracted taking may make the body light.
Although classified as salty, Cistanche actually has little salty taste and is somewhat sweet and slightly bitter. The "five taxations and seven damages" refer to an ancient concept for adverse influences that serve as a basis for deficiency of fluid essences (deficiency of blood, yin, jing); there can be several causes including genetic problems and the effects of debilitating diseases. As a tonic, Cistanche is mentioned here as supplementing the center (stomach/spleen), nourishing the five viscera (five zang organs), strengthening yin, and boosting the essence. Note that the modern application of treating yang deficiency, cold pain of the lower body, and impotence are not part of the original description, but treating infertility was already a recognized effect. Although there is mention of treating concretions and conglomerations (these terms usually refer to abdominal masses), there is no mention of its use for constipation.
Cistanche is not frequently included in ancient formulas. It mainly appears in large tonic formulas that were described during the Ming Dynasty or later. One of the oldest formulas containing Cistanche that comes down to us today is a 14-herb combination called Huan Shao Dan (Youth Returning Pill), designed to restore kidney essence and, thereby, help restore youth and prevent further degeneration with aging. Its origins are obscure and attributed to various authors, dating back to the Song Dynasty or earlier. It is today sometimes called Lycium Formula, used in Japan and Taiwan as a tonic for kidney deficiency syndromes, including blurred vision, dizziness, hair loss, poor memory, and palpitation, though it is mainly promoted as a treatment for impotence. Using today's classification of herbs in the Chinese Materia Medica, only three of its ingredients are yang tonics (Cistanche, Eucommia, and Morinda) that might be directly associated with the modern approaches to impotence treatment based on using multiple yang tonic herbs. A simplified version of Huan Shao Dan is produced in China as a patent remedy called Congrong Bushen Wan (Cistanche Kidney Tonic Pills) with Rehmannia, Cistanche, and Schizandra (sometimes with Dioscorea and Lycium) as key ingredients from the Huan Shao Dan, and Cuscuta to replace the other herbs of the original formula.
One of the Ming Dynasty formulas with cistanche-and one of the few in which it is a main ingredient-is Bushen Cishi Wan (Magnetite Pill for Nourishing Kidney) from Shenshi Yaohan (Precious Book of Ophthalmology) by Fu Renyu published in 1644 (the last year of the Ming Dynasty). The formula is a pill comprised of equal parts of five herbs: cistanche, cuscuta, magnetite, chrysanthemum, and haliotis. It is used for vision disorders, especially obscured vision (perhaps for floaters, cataracts, and macular degeneration). This text also yielded the better known vision formula Mingmu Dihuang Wan (Rehmannia Pill to Brighten the Eyes), which similarly includes the eye nourishing ingredients Chrysanthemum and Haliotis.
Thus, in general, Cistanche is utilized in formulas for tonifying the kidney and used for disorders associated with aging and decline of kidney essence. Though classified as a yang tonic, it has yin nourishing qualities. These attributes are also associated with Cuscuta seed, which is classified with the yang tonics but has yin nourishing qualities and mild action. Cistanche and Cuscuta are frequently combined in formulas.
Caused By Intimacy Fear & Performance Anxiety
By Herballove Editorial
Conditions: Men's Premature Ejaculation
Causes: Intimacy Fear Performance Anxiety
Heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, even sexual dysfunction can occur thanks to anxiety. A byproduct of mental and emotional dilemmas, anxiety can damage the body’s brain chemistry and bodily functions. Anxiety, when induced in moderate amounts, helps improve concentration on important tasks, creates new life perspectives and presents challenges. When anxiety levels maintain a consistently high level, men can suffer from insomnia, emotional disorders and premature ejaculation.
Intimacy Anxiety Causes
For some men, the effects of performance anxiety or intimacy fear can wear out the endocrine and nervous system. People with intimacy and performance anxiety are more sensitive in certain region of the brain (Nucleus Accumbens) and can be influenced by two types of neurochemicals (GABA and serotonin).
Talk Therapy To Mimimize Anxiety
Talk therapy, psychotherapy where patients discuss relationships and experiences, reduces the chances of men experiencing performance. In fact, deficient amounts of GABA and serotonin are responsible for norandrenergic sympathetic nerve function overpowering the parasympathetic nerve control of an ejaculation. The end result can cause premature ejaculations for men, producing embarrassing, often debilitating side effects such as creating more fear and nervousness toward intimacy.
Hidden Stress Creates Anxiety
Stress from work, relationships or from sexual exhaustion can cause decreased enjoyment, heightened pain and sensitivity, increased impotence and premature ejaculation side effects. Stress and stress-related anxiety induce these problems by weakening the parasympathetic nerves, which are responsible for controlling a man's urge to ejaculate. Men should learn ways to reduce stress and anxiety in their daily lives as part of their therapy.
Also, people suffering from sexual exhaustion often have problems with digestion and absorption of calcium compounds. These essential calcium compounds are needed in the synaptic fluid for proper ejaculatory nerve conductivity and balanced electrolytes. Normally, the impulses needed to ejaculation take time and enough mental stimulation to orgasm. In cases of performance anxiety, the sympathetic nerves become over excited and overworked. Anxiety-induced men often begin sex with a strong impulse to ejaculate.
Antidepressants Make It Worse
Health care practioners might prescribe antidepressants and topical anesthetic creams to treat premature ejaculation. Most common prescribed antidepressants are SSRI, Sertraline, Paroxetine or Fluoxetine to help delay ejaculations. For some men, these drugs have unbearable side effects such as: drowsiness, decreased libido, weak erection, penis shrinkage and termination of seminal production.
The majority of men experience anxiety issues at least once in their lives. Most men will try to combat these issues using various methods from, therapy, to medications, to herbal and nutritional methods.
To Calm and Not To Come It is easy for most people just shout out "calm down" to try and eliminate anxiety and nervousness. But there is a right way - and a wrong method - to reduce anxiety. Calming Herbs like Passion Flower, Griffonia, and Avena Sativa (Wild Oats) help reduce anxiety while improving ejaculatory valve strength. Look into various natural remedies find the right solution for eliminating stress and improving endurance.
Studies in rodents show that administration of cistanche herb improves energy levels. Mice given cistanche are able to swim for longer periods. Many of the compounds found in cistanche herb have antioxidant properties and protect the liver from toxins. Cistanche appears to have brain enhancing potential.
Transient exposure to echinacoside is sufficient to activate Trk signaling and protect neuronal cells from rotenone. Laboratory of Neurology of Integrative Medical Institute, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, P R China. J Neurochem. 2013. Neurotrophins exert their physiological functions mainly through Trk receptors, and the neurotrophic signaling network is critical to the survival of neurons. However, therapeutic use of neurotrophins in treating neurodegenerative diseases is hampered by a number of pharmacological challenges, and the most significant challenge is their delivery into the central nervous system. Here, we reported that echinacoside, a small natural compound, elicits neuroprotection by activating Trk receptors and their downstream signal pathways. Echinacoside is the major active component of Cistanches Herba, a widely used Chinese herb with neuroprotective effects.
Research on the effect of phenylethanoid glycosides (PEG) of the Cistanche deserticola on anti-aging in aged mice induced by D-galactose Zhong Yao Cai. 2008: Institute of Atomic Energy for Application in Agriculture, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Science, Nanjing, China. To investigate the effect of Phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche deserticola on anti-aging in aged mice induced by D-galactose. Compared with the model group, the abilities of learning and memorizing were improved in Phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche deserticola groups. The activity of SOD was enhanced significantly in serum and brain. The MDA content of liver and serum was decreased. Cistanche deserticola can enhance the ability of learning, memorizing, anti-oxidation, and improve immune function.
Asian J Androl. November 2013. Cistanche deserticola decoction alleviates the testicular toxicity induced by hydroxyurea in male mice.
Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity caused by Cistanche deserticola in rodents. China Medical College, 91 Hsieh Shih Road, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC. J Ethnopharmacol. 2002. In the present study, the rhizomes of Cistanche deserticola were extracted with 50% ethanol and isolated orderly by ethyl acetate, n-butanol and water. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Cistanche deserticola extract and three layers were evaluated in several animal models. Cistanche deserticola extracts effectively inhibited writhing response induced by 1% acetic acid and biphasic licking responses caused by 1% formalin, and also reduced the edema induced by 1% carrageenan but not zymosan. These results reveal that Cistanche deserticola has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, and the butanolic and aqueous layers are mainly active constituents. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the butanolic layer of Cistanche deserticola extract were not related to opioid receptors and immune system.
Anti-oxidative action of the glycosides of Cistanche in the tissue of mice. Xinjiang Medical College, Wulumuqi. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1998. To study the anti-oxidative action of Cistanche in the tissues of mice. Contents of superoxide dismutase (SOD), malondialdehyde (MDA) and lipofuscin in the heart, liver, brain and kidney of mice were measured. The results suggest that Cistanche could increase the antioxidative action in vivo significantly and prevent lipoperoxidative damages in tissues.
Hepatoprotective activity of phenylethanoids from Cistanche deserticola. Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Japan. Planta Med. 1998. Four phenylethanoids isolated from the stems of Cistanche deserticola, acteoside, 2'-acetylacteoside, isoacteoside and tubuloside B, significantly suppressed NADPH/CCl4-induced lipid peroxidation in rat liver microsomes. Addition of them to primary cultured rat hepatocytes efficiently prevented cell damage induced by exposure to CCl4 or D-galactosamine (D-GalN). Acteoside further showed pronounced anti-hepatotoxic activity against CCl4 in vivo.
Kidney reinforcing and yang supporting action of cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma before and after preparation. He W. China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1996. The weights of seminal vesicle and prostate gland of castrated young rats were significantly increased by administration of alcohol soluble extract from decoction of Cistanche deserticola. The weights of testes, seminal vesicle and prostate gland in mice and rats were also increased by the extract. The phagocytic function of intra-abdominal macrophage in mice was activated by decoction of Cistanche deserticola. The maximum oral tolerance for mouse was 40 g/kg.
Comparison between Cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma and Cistanche tubulosa Wight on some pharmacological actions. Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 19967. The weights of seminal vesicle and prostate gland of castrated young rats were significantly increased by administration of alcohol soluble extract from the decoction of Cistanche deserticola, Cistanche tubulosa and soaked Cistanche deserticola. The phagocytic function of intra-abdominal macrophage in mice was activated by the decoction of Cistanche deserticola and Cistanche tubulosa.
CISTANCHE DOSAGE INFORMATION
The use of alternative species of Cistanche is one of the current methods of protecting C. deserticola.
Cistanche mainly comes from the Western Regions and resembles ginseng on healing properties. Hence, it is prized as the "desert ginseng." In recent years, thanks for the unique efficacy for fatigue and sexual potency, this tonic herb was given another title – “natural Viagra.” That sounds like this is a kidney yang tonic for men only. In fact, it works for women and children as well since it is not that tonic as people think it should be. Just like the Cistanche reviews from Li Shizhen, it is named Cong Rong, literally "unhurried", because it tonifies in a mild way. That being said, it tonifies while causing no endogenous heat and, more importantly, helps free movement of bowels. This is the exact uniqueness makes this herb what it is. No wonder it is one of the most widely used kidney tonic herbs of all time. And what is cistanche used for is more than just as one of jing tonic herbs. Besides of ED (erectile dysfunction), it also has a therapeutic effect for women’s infertility, excessive uterine bleeding, myoma of uterus, low back pain, and more.
Recommended cistanche dosage is from 10 to 15 grams. In addition, there are other Cistanche products available, such as Cistanche supplement, pills, powder, capsules, extract, etc.
SIMPLE CISTANCHE RECIPES
CISTANCHE FO-TI GOJI COMBINATION
10 grams Cistanche
10 grams Shou Wu
10 grams Goji Berry
Directions: Decoct all the ingredients with water for two times, divide the decoction into 3 parts, and finish them in a day.
Benefits: invigorate the kidney, strengthen Yang, replenish essence, and enrich blood.
CISTANCHE MUTTON PORRIAGE
20 grams Cistanche
50 grams Mutton
100 grams Rice
Directions: Decoct the yang herb first for 1 hour, keep the decoction, wash and cut lamb into small pieces, put the chopped lamb and rice into the ready decoction, and boil them until the porridge is done.
Benefits: reinforce the kidney yang.
CISTANCHE GOJI WINE
100 grams Cistanche
50 grams Goji Berry
500 grams Wine
Directions: Wash the mentioned two herbs, put them into the wine, soak them for 1 month, and drink the wine, 20 to 30ml each time.
Benefits: tonify liver and kidney and nourish essence and blood.
10 grams Cistanche
Appropriate amount of Honey
Directions: Decoct the herb with water for 2 times, 30 minutes each time, and flavor with honey before taking it.
Benefits: relieve dry stool or constipation in the elderly.
ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING & ALTERNATIVES
Cistanche deserticola is used as a source of the Chinese herb Rou Cong Rong, was placed on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendix 2 (this appendix is a list of endangered species which are not banned from trade, but require monitoring). This species was indicated several years ago as the primary source material in the official Pharmacopeia of China. The herb material is only restricted in international trade, and only in its crude form (e.g., sliced stems, inadvertently listed as roots in the CITES notation). Products manufactured in China that are made from Cistanche (e.g., its extracts) or that include the herb (e.g., prepared formulas) are not restricted. Fortunately, many involved with the herb trade have been able to follow the provisions of the convention. Moreover, Cistanche salsa is the preferred source material, as it has the highest contents of echinacoside (2.1%) and acteoside (1.5%) of the genus Cistanche.
These alternative species parasitize different plants, some of which are growing more abundantly. For example, C. tubulosa mainly parasitizes Tamarix plants; C. salsa parasitizes Kalidium plants, and C. sinensis parasitizes Reaumuria, Ammopipanthus, and Potaninia plants. While the situation with C. deserticola continues to be a serious problem, these other species should be able to serve the market for the herb cistanche for many years while conservation measures are increasingly applied to protect all these desert plants.
CHICKWEED SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION
Medicinally Cistanche is considered one of safest yang tonic herbs when used within recommended dosage..
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it should not be used in the cases of fire excess from yin deficiency, diarrhea, and constipation due to stomach excess heat.
HIGH DOSE SIDE EFFECTS
Increased body temperature has been noted which may limit the use of high doses of cistanche. Increased body temperature would make it unpleasant to take this herb on days when it is hot and humid.
Another potential side effect on high dosages is blurred vision that can last a few hours and can be annoying. Individuals report that they have difficulty reading small print for a few hours. Blurring of vision and sleepiness are potential setbacks to the use of high dose Cistanche.
Long term studies determining benefits and risks are not available.
CISTANCHE HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS
QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS
CISTANCHE HERBAL PRODUCTS
Cistanche increases sexual energy, physical energy, and helps to nourish blood making it a great herb for athletes and lovers. In some ancient texts, it is said that the consumption of Cistanche directs blood flow to the pelvic and genital area with the resulting effect of enhancing the strength of erections and enlarging the penis. The Yang energy of Cistanche can be used for sexual vigor or may be directed to any creative outlet. This herb has the ability of tonifying the Yang without overheating, warms without being drying, and moistens without draining. Cistanche is powerful yet gentle in its action. This action may be particularly beneficial for the elderly who are more likely to be affected by deficiencies of Yang, blood, and fluids.
CHINESE HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS
Chinese Herbs Direct: Cistanche 5:1 Extract Powder (Rou Cong Rong; Cistanche deserticola), Single Herb Brand, 100 Grams
Each gram of 5:1 Concentrated Extract Powder is equivalent to approximately 5 grams of raw herb powder (i.e. a 100 gram bottle of 5:1 Concentrated Extract Powder would be equivalent to 500 grams of Herb Powder).
Chinese Herbs Direct: Cistanche (Cistanche deserticola; Rou Cong Rong), Whole Herb, Single Herbs Brand, 500 Grams
Whole Herbs are dried, sterilized, tested, and packaged in vacuum-sealed bags or cartons. Whole Herbs consist of the actual whole, raw herb (i.e. fruit, stem, root, flower, mineral, etc.) and are not processed into powders, pills, capsules or formulas. Whole Herbs do not include dosage information, as they are intended for professional herbalists and those customers who have the experience and knowledge necessary to safely prepare their own formulas.
Chinese Herbs Direct: Cistanche (Cistanche deserticola; Rou Cong Rong), Herbal Powder, Single Herbs Brand, 500 Grams
Herbal Powders are generally packaged in vacuum-sealed bags. Herbal Powders consist of the whole herb powder only, and are not further concentrated or processed into tablets, pills, or formulas. Herbal Powders do not include dosage information, as they are intended for professional herbalists and those customers who have the experience and knowledge necessary to safely prepare their own formulas.
Chinese Herbs Direct: Yin Yang Classic Tea (Yin Yang Cha), Plum Flower, 30 Tea Bags
With a cup of herbal tea in hand and not a hint of fatigue, the greatest General of China's great Sung Dynasty planned with his strategists the next offense, further inspiring his men with his already legendary spirit and vitality. Although General Yue Fei lived over one thousand years ago, energy and vitality are perhaps even more necessary today in surmounting the hurdles of our modern world. Yin Yang Classic Tea is blended with only the finest herbs to invigorate and renew. Ingredients include Epimedium grandiflorum herb, Morinda officinalis root, Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep, Cistanche deserticola herb, Ganoderma lucidum fungus, Panax ginseng root, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root. - Yin yang huo, Ba ji tian, Shu di huang, Rou cong rong, Ling zhi, Ren shen, Gan cao. Tea enhances Yang, Nourishes Blood, Strengthens Qi. Contraindicated during the early stages of acute illness such as cold and flu, or during an acute infection.
Chinese Herbs Direct: Horny Goat Weed Herbal Tea, Triple Leaf Tea, 20 Tea Bags
Horny goat weed (Epimedium) has been renowned in China for ages, as an aphrodisiac, a kidney yang restorative, and a liver tonic herb. Epimedium is combined with a synergistic blend of potent Chinese herbs, traditionally used to help support the healthy function of the kidney, liver and heart, and to promote healthy levels of natural energy. The Chinese believe that the kidney stores the essential energy (ching), which they regard as supporting the vitality of life and sexual vitality. Stress and the hectic modern lifestyle are considered to diminish the ching, and Chinese herbalists often recommend periodic restorative yang tonics to both men and women. Regular tonification of the kidney and liver was believed to contribute to good health and longevity. It also was considered to help promote the healthy function of the back, bladder and joints and to help maintain healthy normal memory. The traditional time-tested way to use these beneficial herbs was brewed as a tea. Ingredients include Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) (Epimedium sagittatum/brevicomum), Cynomorium (Cynomorium songaricum), Chinese Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), Chinese Yam (Dioscorea oppositifolia), Asiatic Dogwood (Cornus Officinales), Lindera (Lindera aggregata), Loranthus (Chinese Mistletoe) (Loranthus parasiticus), Psoralea (Psoralea corylifolia), Desert Broomrape (Cistanche deserticola), Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula), Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), Fo-Ti (He Shou Wu) (Polygonum multiflorum), Morinda (Morinda officinalis), Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) and Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides).
Chinese Herbs Direct: Return To Spring Teapills (Huan Shao Dan Wan), Plum Flower, 200 Pills
Return to Spring Teapills are designed to restore kidney essence. Its origins are obscure and attributed to various authors, dating back to the Song Dynasty or earlier. It is today sometimes called Lycium Formula, used in Japan and Taiwan as a tonic for kidney deficiency syndromes. Ingredients include Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep, Lycium chinense fruit, Dioscorea hypoglauca rhizome, Poria cocos fungus, Cistanche deserticola herb, Foeniculum vulgare fruit, Morinda officinalis root, Eucommia ulmoides bark, Achyranthes bidentata root, Schisandra chinensis fruit, Cornus officinalis fruit, Broussonetia papyrifera fruit, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Da zao, Shu di huang, Gou qi zi, Bi xie, Fu ling, Rou cong rong, Xiao hui xiang, Ba ji tian, Du zhong, Huai niu xi, Wu wei zi, Shan zhu yu, Zhu shi zi. Warms the Kidney, Strengthens Yang, Strengthens the Spleen, Nourishes the Heart, Nourishes Jing-essence, Preserves the Yin, Calms the Shen. Contraindicated during pregnancy. Contraindicated during the early stages of acute illness such as cold and flu, or during an acute infection. Contraindicated for conditions due to heat.
Chinese Herbs Direct: Back To Youth (Congrong Huanshao), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
Made of extracts from prepared rehmannia root, common yam, achyranthes, wolfberry, dogwood fruit, poria, salty eucommia bark, polygala prepared with licorice, roasted morinda, schizandra fruit, salty fennel, chinquapin seed, cistanche, acorus root and common jujube fruit. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula for its adaptogenic, endocrine regulating and metabolism promoting properties to tonify the heart, kidney, spleen and stomach, help maintain healthy memory power and revive sexual potency, especially among the elderly. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily. Store in a dry and cool place out of the reach of children.
Chinese Herbs Direct: Cholesterol Guard (Shanze xiaozhi; Blood Fat Cutter), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
Made of extracts of medicinal rhubarb root, wolfberry, cistanche, Chinese hawthorn fruit, alisma, lotus leaf and cassia seed. Chinese medicine uses this well-known formula to maintain normal blood fat metabolism, healthy blood fat level and promote normal arterial blood flow and water metabolism. Warning: not recommended for those with low blood fat. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily . Store in a cool and dry place out of the reach of children.
LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS
LEF: Cistanche, Standardized, 210 mg, 30 VCaps
Scientists have discovered that the echinacoside compound found in Cistanche plant extract stimulates the development of naive T cells and leads to a lower amount of memory T cells, thereby creating a more balanced immune response. Cistanche also increases natural killer (NK) cell activity.
TakeHerb: Cistanche Boom, Bioenergy Jing Supercharger For Stamina & Endurance, Proactive Natural, 60 Tabs
Burning the candle on both ends? If you want to extend your life candle, this formula is as close as you can get in terms of replenishing vitality, stamina, and bioenergy (Jing). Jing is a Chinese Traditional Medical term for human bioenergy the essence for fundamental life force. Jing is the primal energy of life that is closely associated with both our genetic potential and aging process. Both the quality and quantity of Jing dedicate our lifespan and the ultimate vitality of our life. Aging and stress would take a toll on the Jing and when we run out of Jing, we die. Chinese herbalist have spent centuries gather various potent and effective tonic herbs to boost Jing in our body. Taking exotic and restorative herbal formula for Jing are like plugging yourself into the wall socket and recharging your life. 52 Super potent and holistically enriched ingredients used to replenish lost Jing from stress. Experience the re-birth of profound energy. Cistanche necessary antioxidants and alkaloids that help improve erectile capacity in men with weak erections caused by cholesterol. Use as a dietary supplement, take 2 tablets a day. Take one (1) tablet in the morning and one (1) tablet in the evening. Or consult your healthcare practitioner on optimal usage. In the presence of any health condition, or if taking prescription medicine or other dietary supplements, consult with a healthcare practitioner prior to use.
TakeHerb: Rejuven Astra With Cistanche Boom, Climax Control & Stamina, Rejuven Natural, 2 X 60 Tabs
Botanical nutrients and minerals are extracted in full-spectrum fashion to preserve the delicate plant compounds to preserve potency and stability. Live plant-source enzymes and bio-active molecules from Cistanche, Tribulus, Atractylodes, Nacre, Butea Superba, Os Draconis, Damiana, and Panax Ginseng are cross-examined in the laboratory for efficacy and potency. Laboratory analysis is a great way to detect the presence and efficacy of the phytonutrients. Critical constituents of these phytonutrients are key to promoting natural hormone balance and vitality. Many herbs in Rejuven Astra with Cistanche Boom are known to help enhance erectile tissues capacity, increase blood circulation to the genital area, and strengthen the nerve ending for better ejaculation control. As part of Cholesterol Erections, Cistanche necessary antioxidants and alkaloids that help improve erectile capacity in men with weak erections caused by cholesterol. Formulation of this product is based on: Cong Rong Cistanche Last Longer with Firmer Erection Remedy.
TakeHerb: Cistanche Erection Boom, With Smoke Control, & Non-Tabacco Wintergreen Chew, Proactive Natural, 3 Piece Pack
Cistanche Boom (60 tablets), Smoke Control (2 fl. oz.) & Golden Eagle Non-Tabacco Wintergreen Chew (1.2 oz.) in a complete smoking control pack
. TakeHerb: Cistanche Erection Boom, With Craving Control Travel Pack, Proactive Natural, 2 Piece Pack
Cistanche Boom (60 tablets) and Golden Eagle Non-Tabacco Wintergreen Chew (1.2 oz.) in a complete craving control pack
. TakeHerb: Cistanche Herba (Rou Cong Rong), MinTong, 100 Grams
Cong Rong Cistanche (Cistanches Desertecolae) is one of the most-used energized herbs in Asia. Recent scientific analysis has found several potent molecules such as cistanosides, beta-sitosterol, tubuloside, and phenylethanoid glycosides to have profound influences on the endocrine and nervous systems. Animal studies have shown that Con Rong Cistanche actually can enhance endurance and potential in swimming and survival experiments using mice. Scientists are still trying to work out the molecular model of how phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche enhance the nervous system and increase the ability for ejaculation control. As part of Cholesterol Erections, Cistanche necessary antioxidants and alkaloids that help improve erectile capacity in men with weak erections caused by cholesterol.
Kalyx: Cistanche (Broomrape, Rou Cong Rong) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl oz.: GL
Kalyx: Cistanche (Broomrape, Rou Cong Rong) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 4 fl oz.: GL
Kalyx: Cistanche (Broomrape, Rou Cong Rong) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 8 fl oz.: GL
Kalyx: Cistanche (Broomrape, Rou Cong Rong) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 16 fl oz.: GL
Kalyx: Cistanche (Broomrape, Rou Cong Rong) Single Herb Alcohol Fluid Extract, Golden Lotus, 32 fl oz.: GL
Amazon: Cistanche Herbal Supplement Products
Amazon: Cistanche Extract Powder, Jing Herbs, 50 Grams
Cistanche Extract Powder in a 50 gram packet, 25 servings per packet. Extract ratio: 8:1. Ideal for: Anyone looking to increase physical and sexual energy. TCM Functions: Tonifies the Kidneys and strengthens the Yang, warms the womb, and moistens the intestines. Usage: 2 grams (approximately 1 teaspoon) two times per day. Mix with warm water and drink as a tea. Add to smoothies or shakes if desired. Best taken in the morning and afternoon.
Amazon: Cistanche Herba (Rou Cong Rong), MinTong, 100 Grams
Cong Rong Cistanche (Cistanches Desertecolae) is one of the most-used energized herbs in Asia. Recent scientific analysis has found several potent molecules such as cistanosides, beta-sitosterol, tubuloside, and phenylethanoid glycosides to have profound influences on the endocrine and nervous systems. Animal studies have shown that Con Rong Cistanche actually can enhance endurance and potential in swimming and survival experiments using mice. Scientists are still trying to work out the molecular model of how phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche enhance the nervous system and increase the ability for ejaculation control.
Amazon: Cistanche Tubulosa Herb 10:1 Extract Tonic, Sinkiang Wild Desertliving, 100 Grams
Amazon: Cistanche Extract Bulk Powder, Jing Herbs, 250 Grams
Cistanche increases sexual energy, physical energy, and helps to nourish blood making it a great herb for athletes and lovers. In some ancient texts, it is said that the consumption of Cistanche directs blood flow to the pelvic and genital area with the resulting effect of enhancing the strength of erections and enlarging the penis. The Yang energy of Cistanche can be used for sexual vigor or may be directed to any creative outlet. This herb has the ability of tonifying the Yang without overheating, warms without being drying, and moistens without draining. Cistanche is powerful yet gentle in its action. This action may be particularly beneficial for the elderly who are more likely to be affected by deficiencies of Yang, blood, and fluids. 250 gram packet 125 servings per packet Extract ratio: 8:1 Ideal for: Anyone looking to increase physical and sexual energy. TCM Functions: Tonifies the Kidneys and strengthens the Yang, warms the womb, and moistens the intestines. Usage: 2 grams (approximately 1 tsp.) two times per day. Mix with warm water and drink as a tea. Add to smoothies or shakes if desired. Best taken in the morning and afternoon.
Amazon: Cistanche Tubulosa Herb Tonic, Sinkiang Wild Desertliving, 500 Grams
Amazon: Cistanche Tubulosa Herb, 10:1 Extract Tonic, Sinkiang Wild Desertliving, 400 mg, 100 Capsules
In Chinese medicine, used as the premier tonic to nourish Kidney Jing, Essence, and Blood. Validated Clinical Results: Anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties Improvement of brain function Strong aphrodisiac and sexual health restoration. Significantly increases testosterone production. Increases vasodilation. Immune system modulator. Anti-fatigue properties and metabolism correction. Skin quality rejuvination. Anti-oxidant properties 15 times greater than resveratrol. Highly recommended co-factors to maximize the effectiveness of Cistanche Tubulosa, combine it will the following important co-factors, depending on your intended use: As an aphrodisiac and to build sexual energy/function: Combine Cistanche with Tongkat Ali, the Endocrine Strengthening Formula, Himalayan Shilajit Extract, and Pine Pollen Extract. To increase testosterone production: Combine Cistanche with Tongkat Ali, the Endocrine Strengthening Formula, and Himalayan Shilajit Extract. For immune system restoration and longevity: Combine Cistanche with Duanwood Reishi Spore Powder and Siberian Chaga Extract daily. For adrenal/endocrine health and building Jing and Kidney Essence: Combine Cistanche with Siberian Chaga extract, Himalayan Shilajit Extract, and Camellia Sinensis Pollen daily. Serve warm to hot. For anti-oxident properties (Anti-oxidant properties 15 times greater than resveratrol) and protection from free radical damage and premature aging (including the skin)*: Combine Cistanche with Siberian Chaga Extract (Chaga has the highest ORAC reading known) daily. Suggested Dosage 2 to 3 Capsules once, twice daily.
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