Cordyceps is the fungus which attacks insects and then grows from their bodies. This “mushroom” has been used by Chinese medical practitioners for over three thousand years. The Kings and Queens of China and their aristocracy have sent people into the mountains to search for this rare combination of worm and mushroom.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE CULTIVATED CORDYCEPS
There has had to be a reason for the continued use of a tiny mushroom for such a long period of time. Obviously, the use of the mushroom was successful or it wouldn’t have been in demand for three thousand years.
The cost of Cordyceps has always been relatively high. However, in the last few years, it has gone out of sight. Today, a kilo of wild Cordyceps hovers around $10,000! The reason? The Government of China is forbidding the hunting of wild Cordyceps, due to the destruction of the land in the mountains by the hunters. The hunters are using mechanized equipment to hunt for the small insect/mushroom combination and are destroying the landscape.
The Chinese Government and large laboratories have finally successfully cultivated the mushroom. It is now sold in outlets licensed by the government. It is available as the mushroom, after processing and purification.
DO NOT BUY CAPSULES!
Because there is such a demand for this mushroom, supplement stores have bottled capsules with fake ingredients in them, and these are sold throughout the world.
I ADVISE ALL READERS. DO NOT BUY CORDYCEPS IN CAPSULE FORM! YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING! I INTEND TO BUY THE COMPLETE MUSHROOM IN CHINA AND PRESENT THEM ON THIS WEBSITE AT A LOW PRICE WHICH WILL SIMPLY COVER, COST, SHIPPING AND HANDLING.
Medicinal Properties and Modes of Actions
In Traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps has a long history of use as a lung and kidney tonic, to increase sperm production and for the treatment of chronic bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis and other diseases of the respiratory system.
Chinese herbalists believe that Cordyceps replenishes Yin and Yang Jing and restores the deep energy expended as a result of extreme exertion or stress or from aging.
Cordyceps captured the attention of the West in 1993 during the Chinese National Games where a team of nine Chinese women runners shattered 9 world records, including breaking the 10,000 meter run by an astounding 42 seconds. The athletes’ coach attributed their performance in part to the use of Cordyceps (Steinkraus et a. 1994).
Lou et al. (1986) reported that Cordyceps increased the survival times of mice kept in low oxygen environments. Cordyceps appeared to help the mice utilize oxygen more efficiently and increased oxygen absorption by as much as 40%. This activity may help to explain the extraordinary performance the Chinese athletes.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE WILD CORDYCEPS GROWING FROM A CATERPILLAR (THE WORM IS THE STRIPED BROWN ROD, CORDYCEPS IS THE BLACK THIN ROD)
Regular ingestion of Cordyceps appears to ameliorate the effects of aging. In placebo-controlled clinical studies of elderly patients with fatigue and other senescence-related symptoms (Cao & Wen, 1993; Zhang et al., 1995), patients receiving Cordyceps exhibited clinical improvements including significant alleviation of fatigue, cold intolerance, dizziness, frequent nocturia, tinnitus, hypo sexuality, and amnesia.
PLACEBO-CONTROLLED TRIALS ARE THE BEST TYPE OF SCIENTIFIC TRIAL.
Placebo-treated patients exhibited no improvement in symptoms.
The fruit body and mycelia of Cordyceps have been shown to be potent immunopotentiators. Several studies have demonstrated the Cordyceps has a wide range of immunostimulating and immunomodulating activities (Koh et al, 1994; Kuo et al, 2005; Ng et al, 2005). In a clinical study of 36 patients with advanced breast and lung cancer, Cordyceps restored immunological function (Zhou & Lin, 1995).
Many researchers have studied and reported on the anti-cancer and anti-tumor activities of Cordyceps (Chen et al., 1997; Kuo et al., 1994; Yoshida, 1989). Li et al. (2001) reported strong anti-oxidation activity in Cordyceps and that the activity in cultured mycelium was equal or greater to that in the natural form.
CHOLESTEROL REDUCING EFFECTS
Cordyceps has also been shown to have cholesterol-reducing and general cardiotonic properties (Chiou et al., 2000; Lou et al., 1986; Yamaguchi, et al. 2000). Cordyceps appears to inhibit cholesterol deposition in the aorta by inhibiting LDL oxidation. Geng et al. (1985) in a 2 month long controlled clinical study of 273 patients with hyperlipdemia, reported that Cordyceps reduced total cholesterol blood level by 17.5% and triglyceride level by 9.9%. No serious side effects were reported.
IMPROVED SEXUAL FUNCTION
The long history of use of Cordyceps in Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore and enhance sexual function has been validated by research. Wan et al. (1988), conducted a clinical trial with 189 patients who reported decreased sex drives. Those patients receiving CORDYCEPS reported significant improvement when compared to those patients receiving placebos. In another trial involving 22 male patients with impotence (Guo, 1986), after treatment with Cordyceps more than one-third of the patients were able to engage in sexual intercourse and more than one-half experienced improvement. Yang et al. (1995), in another clinical trial reported that treatment with Cordyceps significantly increased the sex drive of patients with low libido. Several animal studies involving Cordyceps have demonstrated the significant enhancement of sexual function in mice and rabbits.
I firmly believe that Cordyceps is a powerful medicinal mushroom. I come to that conclusion after years of study and personal use.
It is well known that almost half of the strong medications in use in the Western World are derived from fungi! It is not surprising that a mushroom (Cordyceps), which wants to survive in the jungle of bacteria and insects, has evolved molecules that make it strong and invulnerable. These same molecules, ingested by animals or humans, must have a powerful effect on their bodies. It is also unlikely that the Cordyceps mushroom would have survived three thousand years of use if it were not efficacious.
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