What is Cistanche deserticola?

Cistanche deserticola is found only in China but is widely distributed in China's deserts including in Gansu, Shaanxi, and Qinghai Provinces, and the Autonomous Regions Xinjiang Uygur (see map, left), Ningxia Hui, and Inner Mongolia. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to reinforce kidney function and improve stamina. Cistanche Deserticola Extract is a rejuvenating kidney tonic, helping to support and enhance function of the kidneys. It is also useful for impotence in men so that is used as sex booster.