What is Cnidium Fruit Extract?

Cnidium is a native Chinese plant that has also been identified in the US in Oregon. Cnidium is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, especially for dermatological conditions. It has been a common ingredient in Chinese lotions, creams, and ointments. A pro-erectile herb, Cnidium monnieri and its main bioactive known as osthole appear to have mechanisms similar to Viagra in penile tissue and the hippocampus. The usable parts of cnidium are the fruit, seed, and whole plant. Active properties of cnidium are the coumarin derivatives including:

  • Osthol
  • Imperatorin
  • Isopimpinellin
  • Xanthotoxin
  • Bergapten

Additional coumarins have also been identified including cnidimonal, cnidimarin, and others. Cnidium is used orally for increasing sexual performance and libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility, body building, increasing energy, cancer, osteoporosis, and fungal and bacterial infections. Cnidium is used topically for pruritus, rashes, eczema, and ringworm.

Also known as:  Cnidii Monnieri Fructus, Cnidii Rhizoma, Cnidium Extract, Cnidium Fruit, Cnidium Fruit Extract, Cnidium Monnier, Cnidium Monnieri Fructus, Cnidium Seeds, Extrait de Cnidium, Extrait de Fruit de Cnidium, Fruit de Cnidium, Graines de Cnidium, Monnier’s Snowparsley, She Chuang, She Chuang Dze, She Chuang Zi

Diseases and Conditions

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of cnidium.


There is insufficient information on the overall safety of cnidium on adults, children, pregnant, and breastfeeding women. No adverse effects have been reported so far with cnidium use.

Medication Interactions

There are no known medication interactions for cnidium.

Supplement and Food Interactions

There are no known supplement, herb, or food interactions for cnidium.


There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine a dosage for cnidium.


There is insufficient evidence to determine if cnidium plant can be found in foods.


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