Cistanche is a parasitic edible and medicinal plant growing in arid and semi-arid areas. In northern China, the most commonly used types of this plant are Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche deserticola, Cistanche salsa, Cistanche sinensis, mostly distributed in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, etc. They have similar use and benefits and appear to be interchangeable, except for tiny differences in content. We can identify and control the origin and quality by chemical fingerprints and genetic fingerprints.

Active components include:

  • Cistanosides
  • Acteosides
  • Echinacosides
  • Betaine
  • Polysaccharide fractions

The results showed that the content of Echinosides and Acteoside in Cistanche tubulosa was 2.26%, which was higher than that of Cistanche deserticola (0.73%), and the content of echinoside in Cistanche tubulosa was almost 6 times that of Cistanche deserticola. So once for medical uses, we should choose the Cistanche tubulosa. At Rainbow Biotech, our extract is made from Cistanche tubulosa. It is accepted that form complements form in ancient China, Cistanche tubulosa is commonly used for invigorating kidneys and enlarger size herb, promoting blood, warming and moistening as ethnomedicine in TCM. Recent pharmacology studies found that the herb has an androgen-like effect, but the mechanism is unclear.

Other Benefits of Cistanche tubulosa
Cistanche tubulosa studies in rats and humans have shown it has excellent properties like:

  • Anti-aging
  • Antioxidant
  • Improve memory function and brain health
  • Anti-Fatigue activity
  • Improve immune function
  • Hormone regulation
  • Long lifetime
  • Stimulates ATP

Cistanche Tubulosa has been known to have a range of other health benefits, including its ability to improve healthy inflammatory response and bone formation. A recent study involved the use of a standardized dual extract from the stem of Cistanche tubulosa on hormone levels and testicular steroidogenic enzymes in rats. Echinosides, extract from the herb’s stem, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Its anti-inflammatory effects may even help men with impotence. In addition, data studies show that the betaine and polysaccharide components contained in cistanche tubulosa have been proven to have aphrodisiac effects. Echinoside also inhibited the production of H2O2 and superoxide in Leydig cells, and it reduced cholesterol levels. These results suggest that Cistanche Tubulosa can help men with diabetes.

The rich bioactive compounds of Cistanche tubulosa support the immune system, which is essential for long life, as a weakened immune system increases the risk of chronic inflammatory conditions and cancer. In addition, it can reduce neuroinflammation and protect the brain’s function. As a result, it can improve memory, increase immunity, and reduce impotence. So, if you want to try some safe and beneficial herbs for man, Cistanche tubulosa is a good choice.

Ye Tao