Cordyceps– Cordyceps is a fungus that parasitizes caterpillars, specifically the larva of the hepialid moth (also known as the bat moth).
– When the fungus parasitizes the larva, its mycelia, which is a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae, fill the entire body of the host and kills it.
– The entire fungus-larva combination is collected for medical use.
Cordyceps Sinensis (chin. : : 冬蟲夏草)
– It is mainly grown at an altitude of 3500-4500 meters on plateau areas, such as Sichuan, Qinghai and Tibet in China.
– It is sweet in flavor, slightly warm in nature.
– Used in TCM to enhance kidney yang, invigorates the lung to ease breathing difficulties, stops bleeding and dissolves phlegm.
– Promoting general enhancement: due to aging or major illness, individuals may present with general weakness, anemia, sweating and sensitivity to low temperatures.
– Both natural Cordyceps sinensis and its fermentation preparations could be used as potential natural antioxidants.
– used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reduce fatigue and related symtoms such as dizziness, weakness, ringing in the ears, unwanted weight loss, and even opiumaddiction.
– Cordyceps is used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, respiratory disorders, and irregular heartbeat.
– Cordyceps has a long history of traditional medicinal use in heart disease. 4 Adenosine and other nucleosides are thought to be responsible for the effects seen in animal studies.
– cordyceps, particularly the polysaccharide extracts, decreases blood glucose levels by improving glucose metabolism and enhancing insulin sensitivity
– lower cholesterol level
– improving liver function in people with hepatitis B.and other, liver disorders,
– Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system.
– It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers