Cistanche in Fine’s Sexual Booster for Men

Cistanche in Fine’s Sexual Booster for Men

Cistanche is a genus within the Orobanchaceae family and comprises 22 species distributed throughout the world. The cistanche species include the perennial parasite herbs, which commonly attach onto the roots of sand-fixing plants, such as Haloxylon ammodendron, H. persicum, Kalidium foliatum, and Tamarix plants. In general, cistanche species distribute in arid lands and deserts in the northern hemisphere, such as the provinces of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai, and the Ningxia Autonomous Region in China in addition to similar regions of countries such as Iran, India, and Mongolia. The growth and cultivation of cistanche species require severe environmental conditions: extreme arid climate, depauperate soils, large temperature difference, intensive sunshine, and less than 250 mm of annual precipitation.

The Herba Cistanche (Rou Cong-Rong in Chinese) was first recorded in Shen Nong’s Chinese Materia Medica, where it was referred to as the dried succulent stems of the cistanche species. Among all the tonics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Herba Cistanche is widely accepted as a superior one and has even been given the name “Ginseng of the deserts.” In 2000 and 2005, respectively, C. tubulosa, and C. deserticola were indexed in the Chinese Pharmacopeia. C. tubulosa is offered as an alternative for C. deserticola because of its similar chemical constituents and pharmacological activities and its abundance. Other species of this genus, e.g., C. salsa and C. sinensis, are also used as alternatives in some areas. Cistanche is considered a new cultivated plant in several regions in northwestern China, where the rainfall is low and soil desertification is severe.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Herba Cistanche is frequently prescribed to treat chronic renal disease, impotence, female infertility, morbid leucorrhea, profuse metrorrhagia, and senile constipation.

Chemical Composition

  • 2′-Acetylacteoside

  • Cistanoside C

  • Cistanoside D

  • Isoacteoside

  • Tubuloside B

  • Tubuloside E

  • Salsaside D

  • Salsaside E

  • Plantainoside C

  • Osmanthuside B 6(Z/E)

  • Echinacoside

  • 8-Epiloganic acid

  • Geniposide

  • Ononin

  • Allantoin

  • Galactitol

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin B

  • Vitamin C

  • Trace Minerals

  • Amino acids

  • Lysine

  • Phenylalanine

  • Leucine

  • Isoleucine

  • Others

12 Possible Health Benefits

1. May Improve Sexual Performance

A recent research study (2016) entitled “Effects of Cistanche deserticola extract on penis erectile response in castrated rats” published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences concluded “These findings indicated that CD facilitated the penis erectile response and modulated the serum hormone level to some extent”

2. May Protect Sexual Organs

A research study (2013) entitled “Cistanche deserticola decoction alleviates the testicular toxicity induced by hydroxyurea in male mice” published in Asian Journal of Andrology concluded “In conclusion, HU caused testicular lesions at a dosage of 400 mg kg−1. CD decoctions alleviated the spermatogenetic cell degeneration induced by HU; this effect is related to its ectogenic androgen-like effect. However, our report opens the debate on whether CD is beneficial for sperm beyond one sperm cycle through the recovery of DNA synthesis in testes cells”

3. May Improve Endurance

A research study (2010) entitled “Antifatigue activity of phenylethanoid-rich extract from Cistanche deserticola” published in Phytotherapy Research concluded “In conclusion, ECD appeared to enhance the swimming capacity of mice by decreasing muscle damage, delaying the accumulation of lactic acid and by improving the energy storage. These results provide scientific evidence for the traditional Chinese medical practice of C. deserticola”.

4. May Improve Lipid Profile

A research study (2009) entitled “The hypocholesterolemic effects of Cistanche tubulosa extract, a Chinese traditional crude medicine, in mice” published in The American Journal of Chinese medicine concluded “These results suggest that CTE affects the mRNA expressions of molecules related to cholesterol transport and metabolism and exhibits hypocholesterolemic activity in diet-induced hypercholesterolemia mice. Acteoside was involved in the hypocholesterolemic activity of CTE”

5. May Have Analgesic & Anti-inflammatory Activities

A research study (2002) entitled “Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity caused by Cistanche deserticola in rodents” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology” concluded “These results revealed that CD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, and the butanolic and aqueous layers are mainly active constituents. Furthermore, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the butanolic layer of CD extract were not related to opioid receptors and immune system”.

6. May Have Antioxidant Activity

A recent review article (2016) entitled “Cistanches Herba: A Neuropharmacology Review” published in Frontiers in Pharmacology summarized:

  • In this review we can see that most neuropharmacological effects have closely relationships with the antioxidant activity of Cistanches Herba.

  • Thus the further study of antioxidant is needed urgently.

  • The development and discovery of a new drug from Cistanches Herbarequires much more detailed investigations of its pharmacological mechanism, pharmacokinetic and clinical use, particularly at the molecular level, despite continued progress on various aspects of this plant.

  • Further studies on Cistanches Herba will address an urgent medical need through the development of efficacious treatments for nervous system disease”.

7. May Provide Cardioprotection

A research study (2010) entitled “Herba Cistanche extract enhances mitochondrial glutathione status and respiration in rat hearts, with possible induction of uncoupling proteins” published in Pharmaceutical Biology concluded “The enhancement of mitochondrial glutathione status and functional ability, as well as the putative induction of uncoupling proteins, may be related to cardioprotection afforded by Herba Cistanche treatment protecting against I/R injury”.

8. May Improve Depression

A recent study (2017) entitled “The Antidepressant and Cognitive Improvement Activities of the Traditional Chinese Herb Cistanche” published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded “Hence, the antidepressant efficacy and mechanism of traditional Chinese herb Cistanche were explored in this study. Herb Cistanche showed a potential to be developed as a complementary and alternative therapy for depression”.

9. May Improve Parkinsonism

A recent research study (2016) entitled “Cistanche tubulosa Protects Dopaminergic Neurons through Regulation of Apoptosis and Glial Cell-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: in vivo and in vitro” published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience summarized:

  • This study demonstrated that C. tubulosa nanopowder exerted protective effects in dopaminergic neurons in both in vitro and in vivo and increased TH expression to improve DA content.

  • It also improved behavioral disorders in an MPTP-induced vehicle mice, regulated protein expression of GDNF and its receptor proteins in the SN, and had anti-apoptotic effects in the PD mice.

  • The mechanism underlying clinical effects of C. tubulosa nanopowder in PD may involve increasing the content of endogenous GDNF in the brain and thereby reducing the damage to dopaminergic neurons”.

10. May Improve Insomnia

A research study (1998) entitled “Studies on the sedative effect of Cistanche deserticola” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology concluded “These results suggest that CD ethanol extract and its water fraction possessed the sedative effect”.

11. May Improve Immune Responses

A research study (2014) entitled “Extracts of Cistanche deserticola Can Antagonize Immunosenescence and Extend Life Span in Senescence-Accelerated Mouse Prone 8 (SAM-P8) Mice” published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded “In conclusion, this study has shown that treatment of the senescence-accelerated mouse prone substrain, SAM-P8, with ECD can induce a significant reversal of age-related immunosenescence alterations. Deficiencies in both peripheral and spleen cell populations of naive T cells and NK cells were reduced, while levels of redundant memory T cells were also reduced. In addition, dietary supplementation with ECD was able to suppress both necrosis in peripheral lymphocytes and the levels of the proinflammatory cytokine, IL-6. Finally in addition to bringing about changes in the senile immune system, ECD dietary supplementation significantly prolonged the life span of senile SAM-P8 mice”.

12. Other Health Benefits

A recent review article (2016) entitled “Herba Cistanche (Rou Cong-Rong): One of the Best Pharmaceutical Gifts of Traditional Chinese Medicine” published in Frontiers in Pharmacology summarized:

  • Herba Cistanche has been commonly used traditionally for enhancing immunity, sexual health, antioxidation, and neuroprotection, and tonic.

  • Various Herba Cistanche products and its derivative are widely used in modern China.

  • The uses of this drug have evolved over nearly 2,000 years, and the demand for Herba Cistanche has grown rapidly in recent years.

  • After a long-term use, those compounds with proven pharmacological activity, such as acteoside, and echinacoside, deserve more in-depth study before they truly could improve patient quality of life.

  • With further study, this important TCM is believed to have profound prospects.

Fine’s Sexual Booster for Men

Cistanche is one of the active ingredients included in Fine’s Sexual Booster for Men. This natural supplement may improve your sexual performance by:

  • Boosting your sexual desire (libido)

  • Increasing male hormone levels

  • Enhancing sperm production

  • Causing quick, strong, prolonged and more frequent penile erections

  • Enhancing your stamina and endurance

  • Helping you reach your full potential in bed

  • Reducing physical and mental fatigue

  • Improving your focus


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