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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dodder seed is known as a kidney yang tonic and is widely used to remedy sexual problems like impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, and low sperm count that arise from kidney yang deficiency. In general, it nourishes the kidney organ in the body, boosting energy levels. As such it is also helpful for others symptoms of kidney deficiency like low back pain, tinnitus, diarrhea, dizziness, and blurred vision. It also has a long history of use as a longevity herb.
Although effective on its own, Dodder seed is often grouped with other herbs in male sexual enhancement formulas. It works particularly well when paired with sexual tonic Yin Yang Huo Epimedium sagittatum; See related Extrax Fax articles #1 , #2 and #3) because of their complementary effects. Dodder Seed enhances the activity of Epimedium. Both are kidney yang tonics but Epimedium is more warming while Cuscuta has a neutral character. In combination, the sexual enhancement effect of these herbs on the body is augmented but more balanced.