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Rou Cong Rong (Broomrape)


Cistanche Deserticolae, also known as Rou Cong Rong, is a desert plant that is native to China and Mongolia. The stem of the plant is used for medicinal purposes and has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Rou Cong Rong is considered to be a tonic herb and is used to strengthen the body, increase energy, and improve overall well-being. The active compounds in Cistanche Deserticolae include echinacoside, acteoside, and catalpol, which have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties.

Rou Cong Rong is often used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat age-related issues such as weakness, fatigue, and decreased sexual function. It is also used to treat digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, and nausea. In traditional Chinese medicine, Broomrape is considered to have a warming effect on the body and is often combined with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects. It is important to note that the use of Rou Cong Rong should not be a substitute for prescribed medical treatment and it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal supplement. 

Rou Cong Rong, or the stem of the Broomrape plant, is a heavy, sweet material.  Where Sheng Di Huang is a Blood tonic, Rou Cong Rong is a mild yang tonic, warming in nature and sweet on the palette.

High Quality Rou Cong Rong: What does it look like?

Rou Cong Rong (Broomrape) is a plant that is native to desert areas in China and Mongolia and commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Some properties of high quality Rou Cong Rong include:


  • The dried stems should be dark brown to black in color, with a hard texture.
  • They should be free of any dirt, dust, or other foreign matter.


  • Rou Cong Rong has a slightly sweet and earthy aroma that is characteristic of the herb.

How is Rou Cong Rong prepared and processed?

Rou Cong Rong, also known as desert ginseng, is native to the deserts of northern China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.

The optimal habitat and growing conditions for Rou Cong Rong include:

  • Climate: Rou Cong Rong thrives in arid desert conditions with hot summers and cold winters.

  • Soil: The plant prefers well-drained, sandy soil that is rich in organic matter.

  • Sunlight: Rou Cong Rong requires full sun to grow properly.

  • Water: Rou Cong Rong is drought-tolerant and requires very little water to grow.

  • Fertilizer: Rou Cong Rong can benefit from occasional applications of compost or well-rotted organic matter to provide additional nutrients.

  • Pests and Diseases: Rou Cong Rong is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be affected by root rot if the soil is consistently too wet.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Rou Cong Rong is used as a tonic herb to improve overall health and vitality. It is believed to have adaptogenic, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant properties, and it is commonly used to treat a range of conditions, including fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and digestive problems.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche) is prepared in a way that emphasizes the preservation of its natural properties and active constituents.

The stem of the Rou Cong Rong plant is collected during the summer months when the plant is in full bloom, and then dried and sliced into thin pieces. This method of preparation allows for the preservation of the plant's natural properties, including its active constituents, which are believed to be responsible for its therapeutic effects in TCM.

In addition to drying and slicing, Rou Cong Rong can also be processed into decoctions, pills, or tinctures, which are designed to extract and concentrate its active ingredients. These preparations are then used in TCM to treat a range of conditions, including fatigue, impotence, and joint pain.

Popular Recipe for Rou Cong Rong:

Here is a basic recipe to use Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche) in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM):


  • 10g dried Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche) stem slices
  • 500ml water


  1. Rinse the Rou Cong Rong stem slices in water and drain.
  2. Place the stem slices in a pot and add 500ml of water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the decoction through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids.
  5. Drink the decoction while it is still warm, up to 3 times a day.

It is important to note that Rou Cong Rong should only be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, as it can interact with certain medications and have side effects if taken in excessive amounts.

Safety Precautions for the use of Rou Cong Rong

When using and handling Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche) in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it is important to take the following precautions:

  1. Consult a healthcare practitioner: Rou Cong Rong should only be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, as it can interact with certain medications and have side effects if taken in excessive amounts.

  2. Use proper dosages: It is important to follow the recommended dosages of Rou Cong Rong, as excessive amounts can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, and dizziness. Plum Dragon cannot provide individual dosage and usage instructions - please consult a healthcare professional. 

  3. Monitor for adverse reactions: If you experience any adverse reactions when using Rou Cong Rong, such as skin irritation, breathing difficulties, or an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention.

  4. Store properly: Rou Cong Rong should be stored in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight and moisture, to ensure its potency and quality.

  5. Handle with care: Rou Cong Rong should be handled with care to avoid contamination and to preserve its potency. Avoid touching the product with dirty hands, and always wash your hands after handling it.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure the safe and effective use of Rou Cong Rong in TCM.

Additional Information about Rou Cong Rong:

Common Names: Rou Cong Rong (Broomrape); Cistanche Deserticolae; Cistanches Herba

Properties: Sweet, salty and warm

Channels Entered: Kidney and large intestine

Customer Reviews

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Lakhvir Chahal

Not good quality at all this time


Rou Cong Rong (Broomrape)

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