Dodder Seed therapeutic uses may include supporting the immune system, sexual and reproductive health, and kidney health.
We’d like to introduce you to the longevity herb, Semen cuscutae, also known as Dodder Seed and Tu Si Zi.
What Is Dodder Seed?
It’s the seed of a parasitic vine, and it’s known as the “longevity herb.” In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it’s used to invigorate the kidneys, nourish the liver, improve eyesight, and stop diarrhea. It has a high flavonoid content and strong antioxidant properties. Studies suggest that it can support brain health and central nervous system health.
Dodder Seed is a parasitic “twinning” vine in the family Cuscutaceae. The stems are very thin and thread-like. It has yellow or white flowers and no leaves. The plant contains some chlorophyll in the buds, fruits, and stems, but it has no roots and requires a host plant for nourishment. It grows mainly in the Jiangsu, Liaoning, Jilin, Hebei, Shandong, and Henan provinces of China.
Dodder Seed Traditional Uses
Dodder Seed is traditionally used to treat ailments caused by a kidney deficiency. These ailments include symptoms such as lower back pain, erectile dysfunction, urinary frequency, and leucorrhea. It is also used to treat blurred vision and decreased visual acuity caused by insufficient nourishment of the eyes due to liver and kidney deficiencies.
In TCM, it acts as a kidney yang tonic. It supports sexual health. Addressing problems like impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, and low sperm count. In TCM, these problems arise from kidney yang deficiency.
Dodder Seed Therapeutic Uses
The plant’s medicinal properties have been researched and analyzed in over a hundred scientific papers, including in vitro, animal, and human studies. Its therapeutic uses may include support for a healthy reproductive system, healthy liver, healthy eyes, healthy spleen, healthy kidneys, and good brain health.
Properties found statistically significant include adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-senescence, cardio-protective, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, neurotrophic, nootropic, and osteogenic. Possible side effects include increased fertility and increased risk of urolithiasis. If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using any herbal supplement.
Try the Longevity Herb
Are you ready to try the longevity herb? We hope so. But to be clear, we sell Dodder Seed, not because it may relieve any specific condition, but because we like that it supports the function of various body systems, in particular its neuroprotective and anti-senescence properties that can help you optimize your health.