Cistanches ( 肉苁蓉 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Rou Cong Rong

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Whole plant




Sweet, sour, salty

Meridians Entered

Kidneys, Large Intestine

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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