Common name: Cordyceps, Caterpillar Fungus, Deer Fungus
Part used: Fungal fruiting body
Habitat and Description: Cordyceps mushroom is usually found in the tropical rainforests of Asia. The wild species of Cordyceps (cordyceps sinensis) is a parasitic fungus which feeds on the bodies of the insects. This species of cordyceps is extremely rare and currently endangered so Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) is the common strain and now widely cultivated in Europe. This strain is commonly cultivated without the use of insects so is considered vegan.
Constituents: Polysaccharides, unsaturated fatty acids, (linoleic acid, oleic acid), lipids, cordycepin, adenosine, adenine, uridine,
Actions: Immunostimulant, immunoregulator, anti-tumour, inotropic, antibacterial, antiviral, general tonic, antiasthmatic, hepatoprotective, renal support,
Traditional and current uses:
Cordyceps (sinensis) was considered so rare in ancient China, that it was only used in the emperor's palace. It's traditional uses focused on strengthening and rebuilding strength in the body, often after fatigue or illness.
- Increases sexual energy and libido
- Stimulates phagocytocic and macrophage actions
- Improves renal function
- Effective in treating tinnitus
- Increases energy, stamina and endurance; often used by athletes to increase performance.
- Increases levels of male sex hormones and improves sperm quality and quantity.
- Beneficial effect on female fertility
- Regulates immune system
- Helps restore liver function
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