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Cnidium

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What other names is Cnidium known by?

Cnidii Monnieri Fructus, Cnidii Rhizoma, Cnidium Extract, Cnidium Fruit, Cnidium Fruit Extract, Cnidium Monnier, Cnidium monnieri, Cnidium Monnieri Fructus, Cnidium Seeds, Extrait de Cnidium, Extrait de Fruit de Cnidium, Fruit de Cnidium, Graines de Cnidium, Monnier's Snowparsley, Selinum monnieri, She Chuang, She Chuang Dze, She Chuang Zi.

What is Cnidium?

Cnidium is a plant that is native to China. It has also been found in the US in Oregon. The fruit, seed, and other plant parts are used as medicine.

Cnidium has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, often for skin conditions. It's not surprising that cnidium is a common ingredient in Chinese lotions, creams, and ointments.

People take cnidium by mouth for increasing sexual performance and sex drive, and for treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Cnidium is also used for difficulty having children (infertility), bodybuilding, cancer, weak bones (osteoporosis), and fungal and bacterial infections. Some people also take it to increase energy.

Cnidium is applied directly to the skin for itchiness, rashes, eczema, and ringworm.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cnidium for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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