Cirsium setosum Willd MB Fam Asteraceae

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Cirsium Setosum

Cirsium setosum (Willd.) MB. (Fam. Asteraceae) I. Branch with leaves and flowers; 2. Flower; 3. Fruit english name desert living cistanche, broomrape part used stem with scales

Herba Cistanches is produced in the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Xinjiang, and Qinghai. The herb is collected in spring, dried in sunlight, and sliced for use.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Sweet and salty in flavor, warm in property, acts on the Kidney and Large Intestine channels.


Reinforces the Kidney Yang, moistens the Large Intestine to relax the bowel.

clinical use and major combinations

For impotence due to Deficiency of Kidney Yang, it is used with Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di Huang), Semen Cuscutae (Tu Si Zi), and Fructus Schisandrae (Wu Wei Zi). For infertility due to depletion of the Vital Essence and Blood, it is used with Colla Cornus Cervi (Lu Jiao Jiao), Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di Huang), Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), and Placenta Hominis (Zi He Che). For coldness and pain in the lower back and knee, it is used with Radix Morindae Officinalis (Ba Ji Tian), Rhizoma Dioscoreae (Bi Xie), and Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis (Du Zhong).

For constipation due to Dry Intestine, it is used with Fructus Cannabis Sativae (Huo Ma Ren) and Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum (Chen Xiang) in the "Moisten the Intestine Pill" (Run Chang Wan).

dosage and administration

10—20 g, decocted in water for an oral dose.


Contraindicated in patients with hyperactive Kidney Fire, loose stools due to Spleen Deficiency, and constipation due to Excess Heat.

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