Cordyceps Mushroom - Dong Chong Xia Cao
Products Featuring This Herb:
Cordyceps from Caterpillar Powder 100 grams
Cordyceps Extract Powder 200 grams
Cordyceps Extract Powder 1 kilogram
Cordyceps Extract Powder 5 kilograms
8 Immortals Drops
Super Yang Jing Drops
Other Common Names
Chinese Caterpillar Fungus and Winterworm
Page # In Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs
Dong Chong Xia Cao
Yin and Yang Jing and Qi
Organ Meridian Systems
Primary Traditional Functions
Nourishes Jing (both Yin and Yang), strengthens the Kidneys and Lungs and tonifies Qi, relieves depression of Liver Qi
Cordyceps is very widely used for the purposes of strengthening the primal Kidney functions which include sexual functions, brain power, structural integrity and healing ability. It is a potent Yin Jing tonic, but it is also a very powerful Yang tonic. As a sexual tonic, Cordyceps is considered to be one of the best. Consistent use of Cordyceps helps to strengthen the physical structure and specifically benefits the lower back region, the knees and ankles. It is used for backache due to injury, fatigue, stress or simple aging.
Cordyceps is one of the main herbs needed and used by people suffering from Candida, the other one being Red Reishi Mushroom. These two mushrooms are second to the need to increase friendly bacteria.
Cordyceps is also a major Lung tonic. It can be used to strengthen respiratory power in those who require extra energy in order to perform physical work (e.g. labor, sports or exercise) or it can be used by those who suffer from deficiency of Lung power. It is especially beneficial to those who suffer chronic Lung weakness with cough, wheezing or shortness of breath.
Cordyceps is one of the absolute superstars of the Chinese tonic herbal system. It is an extremely effective and powerful life enhancing agent, ranking right up there with Ginseng, Ganoderma and Deer Antler. Because it is rare, potent and highly treasured, like Deer Antler, it is very expensive. It is the main ingredient in a number of expensive elixirs and tonic formulations.
It is not as quick acting as the best of the Yang tonics like Deer Antler, Epimedium and Sea Dragon, but it has a profound long range strengthening capacity. It is commonly used for impotence, sexual neurasthenia, frigidity and infertility.
Because of Cordyceps' powerful deep tonifying action, it is used for a wide range of problems due to weakness. Cordyceps has always been used to fortify the defensive system of the body and large amounts of recent data indicate that Cordyceps is a very potent immune system potentiator. Many studies now indicate that Cordyceps can help the body resist a wide range of pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Cordyceps is used in Asia to help treat fungus and yeast infections and intensive research is being conducted at dozens of institutions in China and Japan relating to the potential of Cordyceps to treat cancer and HIV infection. Researchers in Japan and China have isolated a number of polysaccharides in Cordyceps which strengthen the immune system and at least one, CO-1, has been shown to have strong anti-tumor activity. Maintaining the immune system is one of the mechanisms that can slow down aging and prevent both degenerative and acquired diseases.
Other studies have shown that Cordyceps can have a benefit in the vascular system as well. Cordyceps improves the function of the micro-circulation and improves efficiency at the capillary level. Cordyceps has been shown to help regulate blood pressure and to strengthen heart muscle.
Cordyceps is considered in Asia to be a robust and virtually miraculous athlete’s tonic. Cordyceps has attained even greater fame in the last few years since the quintessentially successful track coach, Ma Jia Jun, created a secret formula, based on Cordyceps and Tortoise Shell, which he gave to his China National Women’s track team. Subsequent to their taking this formula, which was made with Cordyceps as the dominant ingredient, the women of this team came to dominate the world track scene for more than two years. The members of the team broke many world records, most of which they still hold.
When blended with other tonics such as Ginseng, Ganoderma, Goji or Astragalus, Cordyceps’ power is just increased as the synergy of the herbs results in an even more powerful tonic.
In the last several years, it has become possible to grow a number of fungi by “fermentation” technology. The fungus is literally grown in large tanks and in just a matter of days a large quantity can be produced. The technology has now become highly advanced and is making previously rare herbs like Cordyceps and Ganoderma much more accessible. Many studies indicate that the chemical nature of this biotechnology Cordyceps is almost identical to that of the wild variety and pharmacological and clinical studies seem to confirm this.
The new bio-technological approach to growing Cordyceps possesses two truly great advantages. The greatest advantage of the new technology is that the herbal substance, in this case Cordyceps, can be highly controlled by scientific means during its growth and “standardized” so that every batch is virtually identical and in a sense “perfect”. This is very important in pharmaceutical terms because without standardization, it is difficult or impossible to develop standards for substances like Cordyceps. Once an herb can be standardized, all kinds of studies can be conducted that will be accepted by the scientific community.
Fermentation technology makes this substance available to anybody who wants it and this is great news for the world. Until now, few people had heard of Cordyceps because of its rarity. In the next decade, as a result of the new fermentation technology, Cordyceps will become known worldwide.
There is one more advantage, at least by some people’s standard, to the new fermentation Cordyceps. The fungus is grown without the use of animal nutrients and the result is a 100% pure “vegetarian” health product. Incidentally, Wild Cordyceps is also a vegetarian product. Laboratory tests have proven there is no trace of the caterpillar once the mushroom has consumed it, leaving a purely vegan product.