Cordyceps Fungus Benefits
Cordyceps, the fantastic family of fungi has been been a mainstay among traditional Asian herbalists in Nepal, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China (where it is known as namedong chong xia cao, meaning winter worm summer grass). Uses of this “magic” mushroom include an overall tonic to increase energy and stimulate the immune system, as well as treating depression and to combat various forms of cancerous tumors, etc. While there are actually around 400 species of the fungus, the best known is Cordyceps sinensis, found in the highest reaches of Tibet’s Qinghai Plateau, and yarsha gumba in neighboring Nepal.
Although it is known in China by the name dong chong xia cao, meaning winter worm summer grass, those in the West commonly refer to Cordyceps as “caterpillar fungus” because it lives primarily in the larvae of the Hepialus armoicanus moth. Others live off ants. Some of the fungi, such as c.unliateralis act as parasites that control the behavior of their insect hosts. In fact, evidence found on fossilised leaves suggests that the plant has been feeding off insects for more than 48 million years ago.
While the first recorded use of Cordyseps sinensis for tonics inTibet dates back to the 15th century, modern researchers have verified its curative properties by proving that certain polysaccharide components and ordycepin (3′-deoxyadenosine) of the “fruiting” and vegative parts of both the sinensis and militaris species of Cordyceps serve as anti-tumor agents (particularly caused by lung and skin cancers) , as well containing compounds that protect the liver (especially in patients suffering from Hepatitis B), as well as the bone marrow and digestive systems. In addition, it has also been noted that some members of this family of fungi possess a hypoglycemic beneficial for diabetics suffering from insulin resistance.,while others have important properties such as cicosporin, a drug used to suppress the immune system during human organ transplants (to reduce chance of rejection).
Additional uses of Cordyceps have been used to treat irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, coughs, chronic, respiratory disorders, kidney problems, nighttime urination, erectile dysfunction, anemia, dizziness, weakness, tintinnitus, unwanted weight loss, and certain drug addictions, etc.
Although various forms of Cordyceps can be found in health stores as well as other dietary supplement sources (including those that sell such products online). To avoid negative side effects it is important for readers with any of the conditions describes not to “self-medicate” and to consult with their doctors before taking any type of dietary supplements or over-the-counter remedies,