Cordyceps sinensis is often referred to as the caterpillar fungus. It is actually a parasitic fungus that infects the catepillar of the moth, Hepialus armoricanus, killing the insect as it sprouts its fungal fruiting body. The dead insect then becomes the medicinal mushroom mycelium. Today, more practical harvesting methods have been developed upon sterile mediums.

Cordyceps is most commonly found in the highlands of China, Nepal, and Tibet; specific to habitat's above 3500 feet elevation. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. The Chinese view this particular fungus as both a general tonic and therapeutic agent in many bodily processes.

The Chinese have been using Cordyceps as a tonic for over two-thousand years. It is said to be a “yin nourishing” and “yang invigorating” tonic to balance the “Qi,” or one's life force. [1] It was traditionally used to rebuild stamina after prolonged stress, for infertility and to increase libido, to improve kidney function, and to improve respiration.

Today, Cordyceps is still used according to TCM for asthma and other respiratory disorders, exercise enhancement, infertility, and immunomodulation. Studies have also shown it to be useful for high cholesterol, cancer, chemotherapy palliation, and for its anti-oxidant potential.

The active constituents in Cordyceps include polysaccharides - mannitol, sterols, and adenosine. Many supplements will standardize their product to the polysaccharides or adenosine, due to the research conducted on these more active constituents. The Cordyceps strain Cs-4 is regarded as the best, as it contains the highest amount of bioactive ingredients.

Products Containing Cordyceps
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Airzene $39.95
$1.33 30 Progressive Health
Capisette $27.95
$0.93 30 Progressive Health Edema
Oxy 17 $25.95
$0.86 30 Progressive Health Asthma


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