Rou Cong Rong


Rou Cong Rong in TCM:

Explore the properties of Rou Cong Rong according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: cistanche, desert-living cistanche
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Cistanches
Properties: sweet, salty, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: KD, LV

Flavors: sweet, salty
Tonifies: blood, yang

Special Properties:

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies KD yang; nourishes essence and blood (impotence, infertility, decreased sex drive, spermatorrhea; urinary incontinence, post-urinary dripping; cold pains in low back, knees; excess uterine bleeding, vaginal discharge due to cold womb)
  • Moistens intestines; unblocks bowels (constipation due to dryness in elderly or debilitated patients with yang and blood deficiency)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to weak SP or ST)
  • (cc: yin deficient with heat; constipation due to excess heat)

    Special Notes:
  • Rou Cong Rong is a unique KD tonic since it does not have the same stagnating properties seen in other tonic herbs.
  • Similar to suo yang, but suo yang is stronger to tonify yang, whereas rou cong rong is stronger to nourish essence and blood, and to moisten the intestines.