“The Stalk Enlarger” and a Favorite of Genghis Khan

The roots and stems of a desert plant, Cistanche tubulosa, is said to not only increase sexual potency but even size.

In The Essence of Medical Prescriptions, a Chinese physician in the tenth-century, had many formulas designed to help with sex and male potency. Of these, 80% contained cistanche. You can even notice the phallic shape it has (that’s called The Doctrine of Signatures)…


The Legend of Genghis Khan and Cistanche

As a legend there are several versions of this story, but here is one of them:

In 1190, Genghis Khan’s army was locked in what came to be known as the ‘Battle of the Thirteen Wings’ as he sought to unify Mongolia. His army was trapped on a plateau, fatigued and demoralized.

White horses then came down from the heavens of which the Khan and his men slit the throats. Blood spilled on the ground, from which sprang cistanche. The army consumed this, replenishing their strength and vitality. After this sign from god they went on to be victorious.

Genghis Khan Legend Cistanche

In addition to this legend, it is said that Genghis Khan consumed cistanche daily. His sexual prowess and spread of his genes is said to make 8% of Asia’s populations his descendants. This is one in 200 men worldwide![1]

Cistanche’s Sexual Benefits

Herbalist Ron Teeguarden says, “Cistanche is one of the more popular, and more potent, yang tonic herbs and is found in many formulas designed to strengthen sexual function, treat impotence, and strengthen the back and knees…It is used not only in men’s sexual formulas but also in women’s, particularly to increase fertility.” [2]*

Cistanche is one of the main ingredients in Cappra® the #1 sexual enhancement supplement in Thailand, which was shown to help with erectile dysfunction in a double-blind placebo-controlled study[3].*

Limited research has been done on cistanche, despite its thousands of years of historical use. Some findings include seminal vesicle and testicle support in rats[4].*

Other Cistanche Benefits

Basically if it helps with sex, its also going to do a whole lot more. Studies in rats and humans have shown:

  • Anti-Fatigue Activity[5]*
  • Lowered Cognitive Deficits and Alzheimer’s[6,7]*
  • Anti-Aging[8]*
  • Improve Memory Function and Learning by Increasing Nerve Growth Factor[9]*
  • Stimulates Nitric Oxide production[10]*
  • Hormone Regulation[11]*
  • Immunomodulatory[11][14]*
  • Anti-Inflammatory[11]*
  • Promotion of bone formation[12]*
  • Stimulates ATP[13]*
  • Antioxidant[15]*

Active components include:

  • Cistanosides
  • Echinacosides (improves naive T-cell numbers resulting in a “younger” immune system)[17]*
  • Acteosides
  • Betaine
  • Two major polysaccharide fractions, CDA-1A and CDA-3B, stimulating T and B-cell proliferation[14]*

Cistanche contains minerals including, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc and boron. [16]


Cistanche According to TCM

  • Yang Jing
  • Kidney Herb
  • Large Intestine Herb
  • Promotes Blood*
  • Warming and Moistening
  • Sweet and Salty
  • Directs Blood Flow to Pelvic and Genital Area*
  • Most revitalizing when used continuously for a period of time

There are four commonly used types of this plant, Cistanche deserticola, Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche salsa and Cistanche sinensis. Their use and benefits appear to be interchangeable. Our extract is made of Cistanche tubulosa.

Quality, Dosage and How to Use

Our cistanche is grown organically on the Tibetan plateau. Then is dual extracted using both water and alcohol. It is specified for at least the following:

  • Total phenylethanoid glycosides greater than 60%
  • Echinacosides greater than 20%
  • Aceteosides greater than 6%

Recommended to take one to two grams, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, per day. Can also be added to hot water, other drinks or taken straight. It has a bitter and salty taste.