Information on Dodder

Latin NameCuscuta chinensis
Other NamesTu si zi
Part UsedSeed
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system, Liver
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA twining bright orange parastitic herb with small clusters of white flowers; native from China to Australia.
DescriptionDodder seed is a Chinese herb. It is regarded as a kidney tonic used to treat such symptoms as frequent urination, sore back, impotence, or leukorrea. It has also been used to treat threatened miscarriage and to stop diarrhea and is considered a sexual tonic.

Dodder sees has a taste of ACRID and SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Decoction1-2 cups 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Dodder

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Impotencekidney tonictea
Urination, frequentkidney/bladder tonictea, tincture, capsules, tablets


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Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.