Dodder Seed therapeutic uses may include supporting the immune system, sexual and reproductive health, and kidney health.
Dodder Seed Therapeutic Uses
You’ve been introduced to the Queen, Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), the King, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), the mastermind, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri, Water Hyssop), and Methuselah’s Breakfast, Cistanche tubulosa (Desert Hyacinth, Ginseng of the Desert, and Rou Cong Rong). Now it’s time to introduce you to the longevity herb, Semen Cuscutae, also known as Dodder Seed and Tu Si Zi.
What Is Dodder Seed?
Dodder Seed is the “longevity herb.” It’s the seed of a parasitic vine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Dodder Seed is 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 Botanical Description
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 Dodder Seed 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 medicinal properties of Dodder Seed have been researched and analyzed in over a hundred scientific papers, including in vitro, animal, and human studies. Dodder Seed 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. Side effects possibly associated with Semen Cuscutae include increased fertility and increased risk of urolithiasis. If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using any herbal supplement.
(We’ll examine these Dodder Seed therapeutic uses and what they might mean to your optimal health in a future post. For the time being, you can learn more here.)
Dodder Seed – 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 neuro-protective and anti-senescence properties that can help you optimize your health. You can read more about its health benefits here.