Commercial name Cistanche
Botanical name Cistanche tubulosa
Botanical family Orobanchaceae
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Plant part Stem
Manufacturing place China
Cistanche tubulosa is a parasitic plant resembling an asparagus. Its stem is fixed by a sucker on the root of the host plant, the tamarix. It feeds by absorbing nutrients from the plant it parasitizes. Its stems are full and thick, cylindrical, without chlorophyll. The leaves are reduced to brownish scales. In China, Cistanche tubulosa is known as a rare ginseng found in the desert and is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. In Japan, it was classified as a food in 2005. According to the Chinese Pharmaceutical Dictionary, Cistanche tubulosa strengthens kidney function, increases sexual potency and calms the intestine.
The nopal or barbarian fig (Opuntia ficus indica), is a widely distributed cactus but mostly founds in Mexico and Mediterranean area. It produces edible fruits with many seed from which we extract oil (see our prickly pear seed oil here) from which we can also produce jams. In numerous dietary supplements, the Nopal pulp is used claiming a positive effect on the blood sugar regulation.
Lastly, the extracts obtained from the cladode (which include the pulp) are used as a fat-absorbed in order to manage the weight.
Epilobium angustifolium is known by various names, the best known of which are willow herb, wickup, and rose-bay. Commonly found across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, willow herb is an attractive perennial that reaches one meter in height. Its small flowers bear four petals and please with their purple or pale pink colours. The fruits take the form of slender red capsules, while the tiny black seeds are encased in a fluffy fibber that facilitates their dispersal by the wind. Both the aerial (above ground) parts and the root of this botanical bear its medicinal treasures.
Its solid reputation for addressing problems of the prostate gland and urinary tract having been built up throughout many centuries. Willow herb has also earned additional praises. In Germany physicians will often advise that their patients suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, drink a tea brewed with willow herb. The swelling is quick to diminish, while toxins and bacteria in this tiny gland are effectively removed. Willow herb also is supposed to slow the growth of tumours in men who are challenged with prostate cancer. This green medicine shares several of the same important constituents for addressing the symptoms of BPH that make the more popular saw palmetto berry a proven herbal superstar. Possessing anti-inflammatory abilities, willow herb addresses both the pain and the infection of the urinary tract suffered by both men and women.