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(Cordyceps sinensis)

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Cordyceps belongs to the family of fungi, which are, actually parasitic organisms, growing wild on larvae hosts in the high plateaus of Northern China, Nepal, and Tibet. The fruiting body of Cordyceps very much resembles grass which is why it was often referred to in Traditional Medical Circles as Winter Worm - Summer Grass as well as Deer Fungus, Caterpillar Fungus, and Aweto.

Among the numerous species Cordyceps sinensis is the most famous due to its curative properties. The Chinese discovered its power many centuries ago, having noticed that livestock that grazed on Cordyceps, were stronger and healthier. Traditional herbalists began using the fungus for curing many diseases in humans. Cordyceps was believed to be a cure-all herb, able to fortify all the body systems, providing anti-aging, immune boosting, and strength increasing effects. This fungus was especially popular for its ability to improve male sexual function, working as an aphrodisiac and also to improve fertility in females. Its influence on the human organism was often compared to that of ginseng.


The Western world got acquainted with Cordyceps not so long time ago, mainly due to the works and research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and the author of several books about this fungus. He and other scientists and traditional herbalists confirm that Cordyceps has the ability to, among other things, do the following Stimulate the internal strength, enhance virility in both men and women improve sexual dysfunction in men, enhance body oxygen uptake, build muscles, improve kidney, liver, and lung functioning and provide anti-aging capabilities.


Even after years of study, the exact mechanism of how Cordyceps acts in the human body is still not fully known. The widely recognized beneficial effects are connected with its components, which are classified as “host defense potentiators” (HDPs): polysaccharides, ophiocordin (an antibiotic compound), cordypyridones, nucleosides, bioxanthracenes, sterols, alkenoic acids, hemicellulose, triterpeniods, complex starches and exo-polymers. Special emphasis is made on two chemicals, which are believed to be active Cordyceps compounds: cordycepin (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol). Many scientists feel that the combination of the above mentioned ingredients are essential to produce the known health benefits in humans and animals.


Although, wild Cordyceps are recognized to be the most powerful for therapeutic effects, they are quite expensive and difficult to buy in many parts of the world. Therefore, the cultivated forms of the fungus, grown mainly on the soybeans, are the most popular and widespread variety in the marketplace. Many manufacturers do not use Cordyceps sinensis, but its substitutes (C. ophioglossoides, C. capita, and C. militaris) in their commercial preparations.While these variants are much easier to obtain and much cheaper than the true Cordyceps grown in the wild they are unfortunately also much less effective.



Cordyceps ( cordyceps sinensis ), is a small club-shaped fungus that grows on lepidopteran larvae, and in ancient herb books is said to strengthen the energy of life and to built the gate of vitality. It is widely employed to treat upper respiratory problems, impotence, fertility problems, weakened immune systems, and by athletes to increase endurance. Still other contemporary traditional uses of cordyceps in China include to the relief of bronchial inflammation, and the treatment of chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema and tuberculosis. Cordyceps has a flavor reminiscent of licorice , is highly regarded for restoring vitality in convalescents and as a tonic for the kidneys. Mycelium Mushrooms are the fruiting body of a fine root-like network called mycelium, which is the actual fungal organism. Mycelium is capable of, and efficient at, producing medicinal compounds by itself, especially polysaccharides. Because of this, mycelia products are on the cutting edge of new product development and are revolutionizing the medicinal mushroom industry.


Impartial, scientific information about Cordyceps is quite limited for the time being. This fungus is believed (by both traditional herbalists and many Western scientists) to be one of the most potent and health improving herbs in the world; on the other hand, modern science has very little knowledge about it, the majority of facts and results being taken from the studies done by the Chinese scientists.

Our cordyceps is naturally grown and dried and processed using age old traditional methods

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