Cuscuta, Dodder Seed, Tu Si Zi

Cuscuta, Tu Si Zi
Botanical Name: Cuscuta chinensis Lam.

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Cuscutae

Pinyin: Tu Si Zi

Common Name: Dodder Seed

Functions and Uses: Nourish and tonify kidneys and liver, invigorates the reproductive system, nourishes kidney yin and yang, preserves essence, nourishes sperm, impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, diarrhea, treats threatened abortion, improves eyesight, tinnitus

Summary: Cuscuta seed is a tonic that is mostly used to nourish and tonify the kidneys and urogenital system, as well as to strengthen sexual functioning. It helps nourish both kidney yin and yang. It has an astringent quality, helping to preserve essence; it helps prevents the loss of sexual as well as other bodily fluids, thus it prevents premature ejaculation, vaginal discharge, and frequent urination. It helps treat other signs of kidney deficiency like lower back pain, eye floaters, and ringing in the ears. It increases fertility in both sexes, benefits sperm health and motility, and improves vision. Cuscuta also nourishes the liver and spleen, and prevents diarrhea.

Cuscuta has been shown to have high antioxidant content and to protect the liver.It has also shown to have the effects of anti-fatigue, immune enhancement, and anoxia (oxygen deficiency) tolerance in mice.

Cuscuta improves the functioning of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis in female rats. It invigorates the reproductive system and reproductive endocrine function in male rats. Cuscuta increased the weights of testis, epididymis and pituitary gland, and stimulated testosterone and Lutenizing hormone secretion both in vitro and in immature rats. The seed has been shown to improve human sperm motility and stabilize sperm membrane function in vitro.