Cistus Incanus

A member of a Spanish group that I work with asked about Cistus Incanus. She knows that I am always interested in herbs — for two reasons, no prescription needed to get, likely less collateral damage than prescription medication. There are only 29 citations on PubMed. She reports very good response to it.The graphic below may explain part of the why.
UPDATED Mar,2020 — due to COVID-19. There are now 45 citations



Cistus species … have been employed in Mediterranean folk medicine as herbal tea infusions for healing digestive problems and colds, as extracts for the treatment of diseases, and as fragrances…. Various preparations from Cistus species have traditionally been used as remedies in folk medicine around the Mediterranean basin, especially in Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The targeted conditions and diseases include anxiety, arthrosis, asthma, bronchosis, various types of cancer, bacterial and fungal infections, cardiopathies, catarrh, corn, diarrhea, duodenosis, dysendery, dyspnea, fracture, gastrosis, headache, hepatosis, hernia, hysteria, induration, infection, inflammation, insomnia, leukorrhea, myalgia, neuralgia, osteoarthritis, polyp, proctosis, rhinosis, sore, spasm, splenosis, ulcer, uterosis (Duke et al., 2008).

Organic and aqueous leaf extracts of C. monspeliensis, and also C. villosus (=incanus), growing naturally in Morocco and Tunisia were shown to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties that were mostly active against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus hirae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the yeast Candita glabrata (Bouamama et al., 2006).

Exhibited a rather weak activity against E. coli and P. aeruginosa, moderate against Candita albicans, Micrococcus luteus, and S. epidermidis, and most active against S. aureus and Bacillus subtillis (Demetzos et al., 1995), ” [2014]

Bottom Line

Recommended:  E.Coli is almost resistant to it (for CFS a very good thing), it is very effective against S.Aureus (a strong suspect). It has also a long history of being used in folk medicine for digestive issues — the type of herbal usage signature that I look for!