Herba Cistanches


The fleshy stem of Cistanche deserticoja Y.C. Ma, family Orobanchaceae.

Stem flat-terete, slightly curved, 3-15 cm, long, 2-8 cm in diameter. Surface brown, with remnants of small lamellate scale leaves in imbricate arrangement Prepared by cross-cutting, section showing undulate and annular vascular bundles. hard but somewhat soft in texture. Sweet and salty in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to kidney and large intestine channels.

1. Invigorate the kidney and supplement essence: For deficiency of kidney-yang and insufficiency of essence and blood manifested as impotence, emission, praecox ejaculation, sterility, flaccidity of extremities and cold pain of the waist and knees.
2. Moisturize the intestine and relax bowels: For constipation due to dryness of the intestine in the aged, and the diseased, and the puerperant with deficiency of blood and consumption of body fluid.

Pharmacological Action
1. Hypotensive.
2. Promoting saliva secretion.

Administration Decoction: 9-18g.


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