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Cistanche Deserticola

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Cistanche Deserticola, referred to as Rou Cong Rong, is a parasitic plant native to the desert regions of China. The herb’s stems and bark have been used in Eastern medicine as a tonic due to its anti-aging and health-promoting effects on the body, which include improving, immune and cognitive function as well as boosting energy.


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Cistanche Deserticola Benefits and Uses


C. deserticola is a member of the Cistanche, Orobanchaceae plants a group of parasitic herbs growing in the drier areas of Eurasia. The plant is well known in herbal medicine due to its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue, and anti-aging compounds.


Phenyelthanoid glycosides are the active components present in C. deserticola responsible for the herb’s powerful properties. The acteoside glycoside, the most bioactive of these antioxidants, containing 5 times more vitamin C than that found in oranges. Our Cistanche extract is standardized to contain 22% Echinacoside and 6% Acetoside.


Anecdotally, C. deserticola may protect the brain against the negative effects of aging, improving the ability to learn and focus. Statistics looking at the diet of populations with the highest life expectancy, namely in Hotan and Okinawa, found that regular consumption of C. deserticola may be a contributing factor to longevity and well-being. It may also improve renal function, boost libido and fertility, and support digestive health.


Where to Buy Cistanche Deserticola Online?


LiftMode offers a variety of unit sizes of Cistanche deserticola including 5-gram (0.18 Oz) and 10-gram (0.35 Oz) units. LiftMode Cistanche deserticola is standardized to an excellent ratio of 22% Echinacoside and 6% Acetoside.

All our products ship with a certificate of analysis from 3rd-party independent laboratories and all orders are covered by our 90-days refund/reshipment policy to ensure the highest quality.


Shipping restrictions: No shipping restrictions currently apply to this product and we are able to ship internationally. At checkout, the available shipping options for your location will be available.




Cistanche deserticola supplements are also known by a few different names, including:


Herba Cistanche


Cistanche salsa

Cistanches herba

Cistanche tubulosa




C. tubulosa


Scientific Consensus:


Cistanche deserticola is considered a safe and well-tolerated herbal supplement with no toxicity.

While there are no official recommended doses for this supplement, Cistanche deserticola has been considered safe in Chinese medicine for a thousand years. Some have experienced common mild side effects such as nausea and abdominal pain.

There is not enough data to say whether Cistanche deserticola is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or if it can be used by children. 




All dietary supplements have risks. Please ensure that you are familiar with the latest research on effects, side effects, benefits, and uses of a supplement before buying it.


Store in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking any medication, especially blood thinners or sleeping aids, please consult a medical professional before using this supplement. 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


How We Research Our Content


Our content is written using meticulous research methods and claims are backed by links to scientific references, wherever possible. The author and editors of Liftmode's Research Team have strong academic backgrounds in microbiology, physiology, and biochemistry.

Content updated on August 20, 2020


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