Cistanche tubulosa is a desert plant species in the genus Cistanche. It is not green in color, which shows that it is unable to synthesize chlorophyll. It obtains all its nutrients from the host plants. It’s long been used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM).This plant is grown in Taklamakan desert which is in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China.It’s common name is Desert hyacinth and the botanical name is CistancheTubulosa and this plant belongs to Orobanchaceae family.
Desert hyacinth is all flower bearing parasite plant, growing on roots of desert shrubs. It is a rare and endangered species. The most preferred host for this parasite is Salvadorapersica. It is a widely distributed annual that produces a dense pyramid spike of bright yellow flowers topped by maroon-tinted buds. The plant tolerates saline environments and is most found in arid regions of Rajasthan, Punjab and Pakistan.
- Sexual Health
Cistanche is used to increase the sexual power and is responsible for good sexual health. It has the ability to increase a woman’s fertility. The major component of Cistanche tubulosa extract, echinacoside and acteoside is responsible for improving the sexual ability of both the genders. It increases the male hormone production by the action of enzymes, which are released due to the intake of Cistanche tubulosa.
Cistanche Tubulosa is often used by older people who suffer from chronic constipation. Its mixture with the other pharmaceutical related herbs, like Hemp plant may help with various diseases related to digestion.
- Immune system
Recent scientific studies show that, cistanche can be used to fight aging. This discovery made the herb very popular. It may be used in body lotions and gels. In addition to this, Cistanche Tubulosa is used to prevent fatigue and to increase energy. It may improve our memory power and increase the immunity, but it also shows a promising effect on lowering blood pressure.
- Cistanche is a powerful medicine which has almost nil side effects. It is gentle in its actions. This may be particularly beneficial for old people who are more likely to be affected by deficiencies of blood and fluids.
Medicinally, cistanche is considered as one of safest that has little to no side effects. Cistanche Tubulosa extract is an organic certified product. It was rated as class one by the AHPA, which says that it won’t lead to any adverse reactions if used within recommended dosage.