Also known as
Cordyceps sinensis, caterpillar fungus, dong chong zia cao
Use of Cordyceps sinensis dates back to the 15th century in traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicines. In these traditional medicines, Cordyceps has long been prized for its action in restoring energy, promoting longevity, and general improvement of quality of life. The wild form of Cordyceps is rare and expensive; consequently, a strain isolated from the wild form is now cultivated and commonly used.
Adenine, adenosine, uracil, uridine, guanidine, guanosine, hypoxanthine, inosine, thymine, thymidine, and deoxyuridine.
Powdered mushroom (no caterpillar)
Traditionally prepared in Chinese medicine as a broth, it can also be used as an extract, as a tea, in capsules, or even consumed straight. Has a nutty chocolate like flavor. Recommended dose: 1 teaspoon or 2-4 grams.
While Cordyceps has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, modern research has also affirmed its value. In the Chinese system of medicine, Cordyceps is considered primarily a lung & kidney tonic, strengthening the ability of the lungs to generate Qi from breath, while both nourishing & stimulating Jing energy, which is housed in the kidneys. Scientific studies show the main activities of the fungus are oxygen-free radical scavenging, anti-aging, endocrine nourishing, cholesterol-reducing, cardiovascular tonifying, and sexual function-restorative activities. Furthermore, Cordyceps has mood-enhancing effects, stimulates the nervous system, improves glucose metabolism, greatly enhances relaxed deep breathing, protects the liver, tonifies the immune systems, has anti-inflammatory properties, and reduces damage that can occur from disorders of the kidney.
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