|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Cistanches|
|Botanical Name:||Cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fleshy stems are gathered in spring, dried in the sun and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet, salty and warm|
|Meridian:||Kidney and large intestine|
|Functions:||To tonify the kidneys and strengthen yang
To moisten the intestines and move feces
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficiency of the kidneys manifested as impotence.
*Use with Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang), Dadder seed (Tusizi) and Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) in the formula Roucongrong Wan.
2. Frigidity and infertility.
*Use with Antler glue (Lujiaojiao), Human placenta (Ziheche) and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang).
3. Pain in the lower back and knees and fragile bones and tendons due to kidney deficiency.
*Use with Morinda root (Baijitian) and Eucommia bark (Duzhong) in the formula Jingang Wan.
4. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines.
*Use with Hemp seed (Huomaren) in the formula Runchang Wan.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire, diarrhea or constipation due to excessive heat in the stomach and intestine.|