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Cistanche Extract

  • Latin Name:   Cistanche deserticola Ma
  • Synonyms:   Cistanche salsa ,Cistanche deserticola, Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche sinensis, Cistanche ambigua. Lathraea phelypaea L., Phelypaea lusitanica, Cistanche lusitanica, Cistanche lutea , Cistanche, phelypaea subsp. Lutea, Orobanche phelypaea, Cistanche
  • Part of Used:   Stem
  • Specifications:   Polyphenol 30%, 10:1
  • Appearance:   Brown fine powder
  • Application:   Medicine, food additive, dietary supplement
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Product name

Cistanche Extract

Latin Name

Cistanche deserticola Ma

Active ingredients



Cistanche salsa ,Cistanche deserticola, Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche sinensis, Cistanche ambigua.rouchongrong

Lathraea phelypaea L., Phelypaea lusitanica, Cistanche lusitanica, Cistanche lutea , Cistanche, phelypaea subsp. Lutea, Orobanche phelypaea, Cistanche tinctoria , Phelypaea tinctoria, Orobanche tinctoria


Brown fine powder

Part used



Polyphenol 30%, 10:1


200-400mg daily

Main benefits

Sexual Health, Constipation, Immune system

Applied industries

Medicine, food additive, dietary supplement

What is Cistanche?

Cistanche has been used for nearly 2,000 years to treat a wide range of medical issues. For example, it is commonly prescribed by holistic medicine practitioners to treat problems relating to a person's sexual health, such as impotence, fertility, premature ejaculation, and menstrual cramps. In addition, it is believed to help with digestion and relieve the most severe constipation. While cistanche is often used to treat health problems simply because it has been reliably used for so many years, new studies are emerging that indicate that science may support its use for an even greater number of ailments.

Even in modern times, cistanche is one of the more popular plants used in Chinese medicine, where it is know as rou cong rong. Although it typically grows in Asia and the Middle East, its use has become increasingly popular across the globe. As a result, some botanists feel that the herb is becoming more difficult to find in native habitats. While it is not considered endangered, it is being monitored, particularly in regard to its use in global commerce.

The dried fleshy stems of Cistanche deserticola in known in China as Rou Congrong. In Japan, the species used is Cistanche salsa. Cistanche also grows in Mongolia. According to one Chinese researcher, "Rou Cong-rong" (Herba Cistanchis) is one of the commonly used drugs in Chinese traditional medicine. It is used to reinforce the vital function of kidney, especially that of the sexual organs and induce laxation, for the treatment of impotence, premature ejaculation in men, infertility, morbid leukorrhea, profuse metrorrhagia in women, and chronic constipation in the aged."

Chemical constituents of Cistanche Extract

The main effective component of Cistanche Extract is Polyphenol .Cistanche including cistanosides, beta-sitosterol, tubuloside, daucosterol, succinic acid, triacontanol, acteoside, betaine phenylethanoid glycosides, and polysaccharose.

Benefits of taking Cistanche Extract supplements:

1. Sexual Health

Part of the popularity revolving around cistanche is its use to treat problems related to sexual health. Even in Western cultures, many people drink tea or consume powder extracts made with the herb. People believe that it can increase a woman's fertility and that it is particularly helpful for women having difficulty conceiving. Many men use the herb to treat impotence and premature ejaculation as well.

2. Constipation

Typically, it is reserved for people with chronic constipation, such as older individuals, postpartum women, and people who are bedridden. It is often combined with other herbs, such as seeds from the hemp plant, especially when used to treat digestive issues such as constipation.

3. Immune system

New scientific studies are showing evidence of the herbs effectiveness. For example, some studies show that cistanche can be used to fight aging. This also has made the herb very popular in both Eastern and Western cultures. In addition, it is thought to prevent fatigue and increase energy. Some studies show that it may improve memory and enhance the immune system as well. Many people believe the herb will work as an anti-inflammatory and that it can even help decrease blood pressure.

The traditional uses of Cistanche have evolved over nearly 2,000 years. Cistanche is utilized in formulas mainly for tonifying the kidney and used for disorders associated with aging and decline of kidney essence. The whole plant of Cistanche tubulosa is used medically as a remedy for diarrhea. Cistanche was reported to increase the antioxidative action in vivo significantly and prevent lipoperoxidative damages in tissues.

Cistanche studies

>Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity caused by Cistanche deserticola in rodents.

Lin LW. China Medical College, 91 Hsieh Shih Road, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2002 Dec;83(3):177-82.

In the present study, the rhizomes of Cistanche deserticola (Orobanchaceae) 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. Furthermore, the butanolic and aqueous layers of Cistanche deserticola extract not only reduced the pain induced by acetic acid and formalin, but also decreased the edema that induced by carrageenan. Effects of the butanolic layer of Cistanche deserticola extract are better than that of the aqueous layer. In addition, the effect of the butanolic layer of Cistanche deserticola extract was not abolished by naloxone. These results revealed that Cistanche deserticola has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, and the butanolic and aqueous layers are mainly active constituents. Furthermore, 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

Wang X, Li L. Xinjiang Medical College, Wulumuqi 830054.

Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1998 Sep;23(9):554-5

OBJECTIVE: To study the anti-oxidative action of Cistanche in the tissues of mice. METHOD: Contents of superoxide dismutase (SOD), malondialdehyde (MDA) and lipofuscin in the heart, liver, brain and kidney of mice were measured, using pyrogallic acid, thiobarbi turic acid (TBA) and fluorescent technique respectively. RESULT: It was found that the Cistanche (125 mg/kg, 250 mg/kg) had a significantly higher SOD activity and lower MDA contents in brain and kidney than that in control group. GCS(250 mg/kg) enhanced SOD activity in the heart and liver, declined contents of MDA and lipofuscin in all tissues. The results suggest that Cistanche could increase the antioxidative action in vivo significantly and prevent lipoperoxidative damages in tissues.

Side effects and safety of Cistanche Extract

Cistanche tubulosa Extract is not taking reports of serious side effects after. The same is American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) as "basic security when appropriate doses."

Dosage of Cistanche Extract supplement:

Used to enhance sexual performance generally recommended dose is 16% with daily doses of standard polyphenols Cistanche tubulosa Extract 200-400mg.

Company Information:

Nutragreen Biotechnology Co., Ltd, a brand of Shanghai Lvshang Biotech Co., Ltd, is a GMP compliant and FDA registered manufacturer and supplier of raw materials of plant extracts, botanicals, herbs, especially Tradtional Chinese herbs. Cistanche Extract is one of our most competitive ingredients with various specifications and stocks available all year round. You may leave a message below for more detailed information.

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