Cnidium monnieri

Organic annual.

(She chuang) Chinese stimulant and aphrodisiac used to treat impotency.

Also used as a vaginal wash against trichomoniasis, and to treat scabies and fungal diseases.

Shechuangzi, Osthole, Jashoshi, Cnidii Fructus (Fruits of Cnidium) Monnier’s snowparsley

A variety of carrot unknown to most Americans, Cnidium monnieri is a leafy annual with flowers that grow in clusters. The herb has been a popular remedy in Asian folk medicine for millennia, being first described about 2,000 years ago in the Chinese herbal classic Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing. Cnidium’s reputation for treating itchy skin conditions persists to this day. Only the seeds and essential oil of Cnidium monnieri, which belongs to the Apiaceae family, are used as a drug.


Because the Apiaceae family often require a lengthy growing season, you’ll want to get started early. A few weeks prior to your average last-frost date, sow seeds 1/4 inch deep in rows 12 to 24 inches apart. Keep moist but not wet, during entire growing season.

You’ll also want to choose the appropriate location to plant your seeds—full sun to partial shade. Apiaceae do best in deep, loose, well-drained soil,

They need loose, friable soil to break the surface when seeded.

Steer clear of soil that is stony or hard—they need plenty of depth and room for their roots to grow.

A pro-erectile herb from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cnidium monnieri and its main bioactive known as osthole appear to have mechanisms similar to Viagra in penile tissue and the hippocampus; the influence of cnidium monnieri on testosterone and cognition remains unexplored.

Cnidium is a popular herb with many medicinal properties that primarily grows throughout China. Of benefit to many, the plant and seed both have qualities that are anti-itch, aphrodisiacal, anti-rheumatic, anti-fungal, astringent, and sedative. It has a pleasant odor and is typically golden in color. In contrast to the aroma, the seeds taste pungently bitter. Cnidium contains the organic chemicals archangelicin, columbianetin, O-acetylcolumbianetin, and, of course, cnidiadin and cnidimine, all of which induce nitric oxide production (needed for erections) and prevent against oxidative damages.

Since early times, the seeds have most commonly been used for skin disorders, usually in the area of the genitals. Mixing ground cinidium seeds with water and applying the concoction to the infected area can effectively treat itchy skin, rashes, eczema and ringworm.

When used in combination with herbs such as cuscuta and schisandra, cnidium can treat infertility and impotence. In China, it has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It is widely believed to be a superb longevity herb and an excellent sexual tonic and stimulant. Herbal suppositories for both sexes often utilize cnidium as the key ingredient. It’s believed to enhance female fertility, increase sperm count, and aggressively promote sex drives in both men and women.

Cnidium has been given a Class I rating by the American Herbal Products Association. ‘Class I’ indicates that it is safe when administered moderately. Always check with your doctor before taking any herbal remedy. Cnidium is a very potent herb. It’s included in the wildly popular herbal formulas, the Botanical Solution For Erectile Dysfunctionand the Anti Aging Solution For Erectile Tissues. By taking cnidium in the context of these formulas, you will be receiving its maximum benefits, as the remedies are engineered to get the most of out of the chemistry and synergy of the herbal mixture.

Perhaps ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine text describes the action of cnidium best, claiming that it will, “govern swelling and damp itching of the genitals, strengthening the ability of male genitalia to have children.

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Packet 30+ seeds. $4.00

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