What is Cistanche tubulosa good for?

What Is Cistanche tubulosa?

Cistanche tubulosa is a plant species that grows in the northwestern desert regions of China and similar arid regions of countries such as Iran, India and Mongolia. It lacks chlorophyll and is known as a parasitic herb – meaning it obtains nutrients and water from host plants whose roots it attaches to.
Cistanche is used as a Traditional Chinese Medicine and is known as the “ginseng of the deserts”.

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How does it work ?

Cistanche deserticola contains chemicals that act as antioxidants. It also contains chemicals that might decrease swelling (inflammation), slow the breakdown of bones, and modify levels of hormones in the body.

Scientifically Supported Benefits of Cistanche tubulosa

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  • Benefits 1: Erection Support, Testosterone, And Libido

The most common concern our Warriors have is maintaining peak hormone levels to support their physical training, as well as maintaining a youthful sex life.
This is understandable, as these areas of life tend to deteriorate as we get older; that is, unless you take care of yourself and take targeted nutrition to support them.
This is where Cistanche can help.
A promising study from 2015 showed that an extract of Cistanche Tubulosa supported the release of steroidogenic enzymes in the testicles leading to an increase in sex hormone levels.
Two other studies showed that the Acteosides and Echinacosides present in Cistanche Tubulosa significantly shortened the latency period between erections, as well as improved the overall health of cells in the testes.

  • Benefit 2: Supporting A Healthy Immune System

Having a strong immune system is important for obvious reasons; no one wants to spend their life sick, weak, and beaten down because they are unable to fight off preventable illnesses.
Important research in this area has shown that Cistanche Tubulosa extract can activate lymphoid cells and increase the kill rate of cancer cells in the body. What most people don’t realize is that these cells can be present at any time, so identifying them and eliminating them before they can proliferate is incredibly important. Other research has shown that certain individual compounds such as oligosaccharides in Cistanche Tubulosa had an impressive effect on the spleen activity of mice, increasing the proliferation of antibody-producing cells in the body.

  • Benefit 3: Brain Health And Mental Performance

Research shows that Cistanche may help you to maintain the ability to learn, store, and recall information. Problem solved.
Numerous studies in the area of Cistanche and brain health even show promise for helping patients to alleviate the symptoms commonly associated with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neuro-degenerative diseases.
While much of this research has been performed on rats and mice as previously noted, researchers have shown that key chemical constituents in Cistanche may help protect neurons in the brain from degeneration, thus helping to reduce or slow age-related mental health decline. Wait, what were we just talking about? Oh yeah, try our Cistanche so you don’t have to worry about forgetting these benefits.


The appropriate dose of Cistanche deserticola depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Cistanche deserticola. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.