Cistanches ( 肉苁蓉 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Rou Cong Rong
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sweet, sour, salty
Kidneys, Large Intestine
This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of weak and cold lower back and knees along with impotence or infertility and general chilliness (TCM: promotes Kidney yang); also used to treat chronic constipation (TCM: with chronic deficiency of Qi and Blood).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Tonifies Kidneys and strengthens Yang; warms the Womb; moistens Intestines and facilitates passage of stool.
Common Formulas Used In
Cerebral Tonic Pills.
Cautions in Use
Do not use this herb when there is a strong Yin deficiency, heat signs, or diarrhea with symptoms of a weak Stomach and Spleen.