- 1 Nomenclature
- 2 Historical Use of Cistanche deserticola
- 3 Background
- 4 Pharmaceutical Information
- 5 Evidence or the Use of Cistanche deserticola in the Treatment of Epilepesy
- 6 Safety
Historical Use of Cistanche deserticola
Cistanche deserticola in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Name (pinyin): Roucongrong
Chinese Name :
Common Name :Desert-living Cistanche
Specific Name : Herba cistanches
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
Dosage : 6 to 9 g.
Storage : Preserve in a ventilated and dry place, protected from moth.
Synonymns for Cistanche deserticola
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