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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by

Cistanche are unusual desert plants. Sprouting almost inconceivably from rocks and sandy terrain, the plant is striking with its multiple yellow flower buds surrounding a conical stem. The hyacinth flower almost seems to pulsate with energy; quite fitting since its main medical benefit is to treat erectile dysfunction and give men the much-needed oomph in all their sexual encounters.

The plant is found along the deserts of Africa, China, Iran, Mongolia, India, and some other parts of the East. Traditional healers extract the root of the plant, dry it, and then grind it into a powder. Chinese herbalists call it rou cong rong, and praise its potency in enhancing yang (the male perspective).

It is considered a master healing herb in Chinese traditional medicine for overall male sexual health.

List of known nutrients

  • 2′-Acetyl Acteoside
  • 8-Epiloganic Acid
  • Acteoside
  • Betaine
  • Daucosterol
  • Echinacoside
  • Glycosides
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Liriodendron
  • Lysine
  • Mannitol
  • N-Dimethylglycine Methyl Esterm
  • Phenylalanine
  • Polysaccharides
  • Serine
  • Succinic Acid
  • Trace minerals
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • β-Sitosterol   

Medicinal uses of cistanche

Cistanche makes men more virile. Their strong effects on male sexual energy has made cistanche known more informally as “nature’s Viagra”. The nutrients found in the herb blend quite beautifully to increase blood flow to the pelvic and genital area, which has the resulting effect of enhancing the strength of erections and enlarging the penis.

Cistanche is additionally used to prevent premature ejaculation. Patients who have taken the herb say that they are better able to satisfy their partners as they can perform longer and reach deeper. Orgasms are also, supposedly, more impacting.

Likewise, cistanche makes sperm healthier. Men with weak sperm can use the herb to increase their sperm count and make sperm stronger, faster, and more potent.

Cistanche’s uses extend far beyond sexual function. Cistanche can help increase the blood flow to the brain, which can reduce memory loss and prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

There is also evidence to suggest that taking cistanche can promote healing by stimulating the production of hormones necessary for tissue repair.

The herb is also prescribed to counter lower back pain and reduce minor aches around joints.

Body systems supported by cistanche

While the herb is normally given to men, cistanche can also be taken by women. The plant is observed to support both female and male reproductive systems. Cistanche’s main function is to increase blood flow so any organ that requires a continuous (and sometimes large) amount of blood will benefit from a steady intake of cistanche.

Ways to use cistanche

Cistanche is taken as a tea. However, finding the leaves is often difficult, so most people choose to take cistanche as a tablet.

Several types of decoctions using cistanche can be made at home. These recipes can be found in this website.

Unlike other prescriptive medicine, cistanche has no known side-effects and can be taken in conjunction with other herbs.

Where to learn more


Cistanche is a brilliant herb for male sexual function. The herb can strengthen erections, enlarge the penis, and make orgasms more powerful. It works by promoting blood flow to the genital and pelvic area.

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