Cnidium Seed

Latin names: Cnidium monnieri
Chinese names: she chuang zi

What is Cnidium Seed?
Cnidium is a genus of flowering plant in the Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae) family, which includes carrots and fennel. Cnidium seeds come from the Cnidium monnieri plant, which grows throughout China. A typical cnidium seed is round, dark yellow, and has a pleasing aroma.

What are the health benefits of Cnidium Seed?
For thousands of years, cnidium seeds have been prescribed to treat itchy skin, rashes, eczema, acne, and ringworm. Also, this Chinese herb has traditionally been used to increase sexual desire and sexual function in both men and women. Studies have found a natural phytochemical in cnidium called osthol that may help increase the level of sex hormones and promote blood flow to the genitals.

How do I prepare Cnidium Seed to get the health benefits?
To treat skin disorders, cnidium seeds are usually ground with little water, made into a solution and then applied to the skin. Cnidium seeds are also taken internally for treatment of vaginal discharges and also to increase sexual potency. Cnidium is often combined with other herbs to treat infertility and impotence.

Are there any precautions for taking Cnidium Seed?
Do not confuse cnidium seeds with cnidium essential oil. The seeds may be taken internally, but the essential oil should not be ingested unless under the supervision of a doctor.

Where can I find Cnidium Seeds?

Cnidium seeds are available in health food stores, online, and from acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formulas:
Dragon Male, which brings all the components of male sexuality into satisfying natural harmony and encourages natural function.
Feminine Desire, which helps increase a woman’s libido.

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