Cistanche deserticola

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Historical Use of Cistanche deserticola

Cistanche deserticola in Traditional Chinese Medicine


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Common Name  :Desert-living Cistanche

Specific Name  : Herba cistanches

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Collection  : The drug is collected before or at emerging in spring, remove from the influorescences, cut into sections and dried in the sun.

Description  : Flattened-cylindrical, slightly curved, 3 - 15cm long, 2 - 8cm in diameter. Externally brown or greyish brown, densely covered with imbricated fleshy scales, usually the apex of scales broken. Texture heavy, hard and slightly pliable, uneasily broken, fracture brown with brownish dotted vascular bundles, arranged in wavy rings. Odour slight, taste sweet and slightly bitter.

Identification  : To 1g of the powder add 8ml of 0.5% hydrochloric acid solution in ethanol, heat under reflux for 10 minutes, filter while hot. Neutralize the filtrate with ammonia TS and evaporate to dryness. Dissolve the residue in 3ml of 1% hydrochloric acid and filter. To 1ml of the filtrate add 1 - 2 drops of potassium bismuth iodide TS, an orange red or reddish brown precipitate is produced.

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into thick slices and dry.Processed with wine: Stew or steam the slices as described under the method for stewing with wine or steaming with wine (Appendix ll D) until wine is absorbed entirely.

Action  : To reinforce the kidney, replenish vital essence and blood, and induce laxation.

Indication  : impotence, infertility; general weakness with aching of the loins and knees; constipation

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 6 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated and dry place, protected from moth.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Zhifei Fu, Lifeng Han, Peng Zhang, Haoping Mao, Han Zhang, Yuefei Wang, Xiumei Gao, Erwei Liu
Cistanche polysaccharides enhance echinacoside absorption in vivo and affect the gut microbiota.
Int. J. Biol. Macromol.: 2020, 149;732-740
[PubMed:31987946] [] [DOI] (I a)

Ye Wang, Li Zhang, Zhixia Du, Jin Pei, Linfang Huang
Chemical Diversity and Prediction of Potential Cultivation Areas of Cistanche Herbs.
Sci Rep: 2019, 9(1);19737
[PubMed:31875048] [] [DOI] (I e)

Bo Zhang, Ling-Ling Yang, Shu-Qin Ding, Jing-Jing Liu, Yan-Hong Dong, Yan-Ting Li, Nan Li, Xiao-Jun Zhao, Chang-Ling Hu, Yiping Jiang, Xue-Qin Ma
Front Pharmacol: 2019, 10;1412
[PubMed:31849666] [] [DOI] (P e)

Xiao Sun, Lin Li, Jin Pei, Chang Liu, Lin-Fang Huang
Metabolome and transcriptome profiling reveals quality variation and underlying regulation of three ecotypes for Cistanche deserticola.
Plant Mol. Biol.: 2020, 102(3);253-269
[PubMed:31845304] [] [DOI] (I p)

Jianbo He, Xiaojuan Li, Ziyi Wang, Samuel Bennett, Kai Chen, Zhifeng Xiao, Jiheng Zhan, Shudong Chen, Yu Hou, Junhao Chen, Shaofang Wang, Jiake Xu, Dingkun Lin
Therapeutic Anabolic and Anticatabolic Benefits of Natural Chinese Medicines for the Treatment of Osteoporosis.
Front Pharmacol: 2019, 10;1344
[PubMed:31824310] [] [DOI] (P e)



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