Cistanches Herba

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Cistanches Herba (CH, Chinese name: Roucongrong), initially archived in Shen Nong's Chinese Materia Medica, has been extensively regarded as one of the most well-known edible tonic and medicinal plants, and honored as “Ginseng of the deserts”. As one of the two official source plants of CH, Cistanche deserticola (CD, Orobanchaceae) is a holoparasitic plant and mainly distributed in the north and northwest of China. It has been widely utilized for the treatments of kidney deficiency characterized by impotence, pain in the loins and knees, female sterility, and constipation in traditional Chinese medicinal practices for centuries.


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2.      Zou P, Song Y, Lei W, et al. Application of 1H NMR-based metabolomics for discrimination of different parts and development of a new processing workflow for Cistanche deserticola[J]. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, 2017, 7(6): 647-656.