Cistanche Long Stalk is a super–potent Yang tonic formula made with the most extraordinary grade of Yang tonic herbs. Cistanche, known traditionally in Asia as the “Stalk Enlarger,” has been used for centuries by men to enhance male function and power. This formula contains huge wild Cistanche (Rou Cong Rong in Chinese) from the desert of Western Mongolia. Genghis Khan consumed it every day. This unrivaled formula also contains Morinda (the “Strength Builder”), premium Epimedium (“Horny Goat Weed)” Giant Cynomorium, and Himalayan Five Finger Ginseng.
Cistanche is a superior Kidney tonic that may be used by men or women, though it is primarily used by men to promote sexual power and virility. Cistanche has also earned the honorable title of “Ginseng of the desert.” It is however most famously known as the “Stalk Enlarger.” It has gained the traditional reputation of improving male erections, improving orgasms in both men and women, and for enlarging the penis by increasing blood circulation to the organ (no scientific substantiation available). Cistanche is also considered to be an excellent mood supporting herb.
Recently, there has been increasing scientific attention on Cistanche for its remarkable anti–aging bioactivities including antioxidation and neuroprotection. The chemical constituents of Cistanche mainly include non–volatile phenylethanoid glycosides (PhGs), volatile oils, iridoids, lignans, alditols, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Pharmacological studies show that the cistanocides, related to the ginsenosides of Ginseng and the astragalosides of Astragalus, are major active components of Cistanche. PhGs are, however, the primary constituent for tonifying Kidney functions, which include sexual, renal, structural, neurological, marrow and endocrine tissues and functions. PhGs also support antioxidation and neuroprotection. These active constituents of Cistanche are also quite similar to those of Rehmannia, another well–known kidney tonic, that is a yin nourishing tonic. In fact, all three of these glycosides are also found in Rehmannia, along with its primary iridoid glycoside, catalpol. Like Rehmannia, Cistanche are both rich in sterols, such as sitosterol. Thus, it could be that the “gentle” nature of Cistanche as a yang tonic is due to having ingredients that also nourish yin.
Galactitol and oligosaccharides moisten and nourish the colon and support normal healthy bowel functions, while polysaccharides are responsible for improving body immunity.
Cistanche is famous for being simultaneously powerful and mild. It is both Yang and Yin. Its actions are profound and unmistakable, but its actions as a Yang tonic are said to be “calm and smooth,” meaning that it is not sudden or harsh. This is what Shennong, China’s first and legendary herbalist had to say about Cistanche:
Cistanche has been used in traditional formulations as a tonic to restore Kidney functions and to tonify Jing, and thus to help restore youth and to prevent further degeneration with aging.
The infamous Genghis Khan, who fathered literally hundreds of children in his lifetime and who has left the largest genetic trail of any single man in human history, consumed Cistanche as a daily tonic. His Y–chromosome is today found in an estimated 16 million of his male line progeny in a vast swath of Asia from Manchuria to Central Asia. That’s one of every 200 males on earth today. Cistanche grows wild in the regions that were controlled by Genghis Khan (Mongolia and Heaven Mountain). Wild Cistanche is collected in arid regions that are untouched by civilization.
Numerous classical manuals on both herbalism and sexuality describe Cistanche in much detail. For instance, it was mentioned no less than one hundred times in The Essence of Medical Prescriptions (984 A.D.) in the sections on men’s health, sex, Yang tonics and physical empowerment. This is one of the most honored medical texts for Oriental medical practitioners still in existence. One of the sections focused entirely on the bedroom arts, and Cistanche was the premier herb used in numerous formulations for men. It was referred to routinely as the “stalk enlarger,” in reference to the “jade stalk” or penis.
The herb remains extremely popular in Asia. Products featuring Cistanche are found in all herb shops. Cistanche has a colorful reputation in China, since everyone knows what it does. Cistanche Long Stalk Drops is made from super-premium Cistanche collected in the wild in Mongolia. This product is NOT made with commercial grade Cistanche. It IS made with huge, grade A+++ Cistanche stalks. Some of the Cistanche stalks used to make each batch are over 6 feet long! Conventional Cistanche is typically less than 12 inches long. The length of the Cistanche is indicative of how long the Cistanche has lived, and this is an herb that gets more potent with age.
Cistanches Herba enhances learning and memory by inducing nerve growth factor. According to a study in the journal Behavioral Brain Research,
Cistanches extract increased nerve growth factor (NGF) induction in animal cells.Nerve growth factor (NGF) has potent biological activities such as preventing neuronal death, promoting neurite outgrowth, supporting synapse formation, and enhancing memory function. NGF and NGF-like molecules can potentially be used to treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia. This study investigated the effects of Cistanche on NGF regulation and its neuronal actions, including neurite outgrowth, synapse formation, and learning and memory enhancement. Cistanche also stimulated NGF secretion in the cortex and hippocampus of the mouse brain. Furthermore, Cistanche increased neuronal cell differentiation, neurite length, and synapse formation in the mouse hippocampus. CHE significantly enhanced learning and memory, as demonstrated by passive avoidance test and novel object recognition test. These results suggest that CHE is useful for improving memory function via its action in upregulating NGF.
In the review section of an article in the Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, it is stateed that the major active components of Cistanche deserticola, PhGs, have been reported to have cytostatic (3), cardioactive (4), hepatocyte protective (5), antibacterial(6), antioxidative(6), neuroprotective (7) activities. Among the main PhGs in Cistanche deserticola, acteoside exhibits estrogenic and antiestrogenic, anti–inflammatory, and antioxidant activities (8–10); 2’–acetylacteoside exhibits antioxidant, DNA–repair and neuroprotective effects (10–12); isoacteoside possesses the antioxidant, anti–inflammatory and vasoralaxant activities (13–15); isocistanoside C has the antioxidant activity(16); echinacoside exhibits the anti–inflammatory effect and enhances wound healing (17); cistanoside C possesses the DNA-repair effects (18); cistanoside A exhibits an anti–inflammatory effect (19); and tubuloside B has a neuroprotective effect (20).
Cistanche deserticola is found only in China but is widely distributed in China's deserts including in Gansu, Shaanxi, and Qinghai Provinces, and the Autonomous Regions Xinjiang Uygur, Ningxia Hui, and Inner Mongolia.
Cistanche deserticola is a “monitored botanical,” meaning that its collection and exportation in and out of China as a raw material is strictly limited and governed by International CITES regulations. Although Cistanche is very popular in China, and the superior grade Cistanche has become coveted in the more affluent Chinese market, it is not over–collection that has caused shortages of the herb. Cistanche is a parasitic herb that grows on another plant, a desert shrub called Haloxylon. The stems and branches of Haloxylon are heavily relied upon by natives of the desert as a superior fuel wood. As a result, Haloxylon has been overcollected, restricting Cistanche availability. The government is trying to provide alterntive forms of fuel to the natives of the region to mitigate use of Haloxylon and thus to allow the Cistanche population to expand again. Dragon Herbs complies with all CITES regulations. Furthermore, Dragon Herbs limits the production of Cistanche Long Stalk Drops to a very small quantity to protect sustainability of this great natural herb.
Alcohol extraction is considered to be superior to simple water extraction, though both alcohol and water extraction have been traditionally practiced. Cistanche Long Stalk Drops is extracted with both alcohol and water to maximize extraction of all active constituents.
Specifications: 2 fl. oz. 60 mg
Ingredients: King Cistanche Deserticola (premium grade wild), Cistanche deserticola (premium grade wild), King Cynomorium (premium grade wild), Morinda (premium grade wild), Tibetan Ginseng (wild), Epimedium (prepared Mongolian)
Other Ingredients: water, alcohol.
Usage: 3–12 squirts per day as desired. Shake well before use. Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word — Compliance. If you don't take the herbs, they won’t work.”