Cordyceps sinensis

Chinese caterpillar fungus – According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this mushroom supports the kidneys. These store our entire physical and mental energy and are thus considered the “root of life.” Cordyceps bestows power, stamina and a strong will.

However, we are not only talking about kidneys as an organ but as an entire functional circuit according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This also includes the genitals, bone, marrow and the ears.

Cordyceps strengthens the genitals and the neurological system engaged with reproduction and sexual instinct. It has positive effects on the production of sex hormones. Consequently, this medicinal mushroom can be implemented for all kinds of genital-related problems.

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As for sexual activity, Cordyceps enhances general physical stamina through its beneficial on the respiratory organs and heart. Athletic performance can also be promoted with Cordyceps. After sport the mushroom facilitates regeneration because the muscular tissue recovers more quickly. Moreover, Cordyceps can improve our general performance and regeneration capacities under severe permanent stress of other kinds or during reconvalescence.

The mushroom is believed to support fat and beta oxidation and thus delaying glycogen consumption under physical stress.

Cordyceps also regulates the immune system - in particular the activities of white blood cells, macrophages and natural killer cells - and has antibiotic properties.

For renal dysfunction and nephritis, Cordyceps improves the creatinine clearance and can hinder deposits of immune complexes in the renal tubules in autoimmune diseases.

The release of adrenal hormone is stimulated, the body releases increased amounts of cortisone and thus counteracts stress symptoms. As numerous medical conditions arise through chronic stress, Cordyceps finds versatile application here.

“I permanently suffered from cold feet. At night, I had to put on socks to be able to fall asleep. All this was accompanied by depressive moods. My doctor was on the verge of prescribing antidepressants. When I starting taking Cordyceps, I finally found a solution. I can achieve more and my mood is excellent. Even my sexual drive has been stimulated”. E.G.

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From the Chinese perspective, the kidneys are not only home to our physical but also to our mental energy. Cordyceps can thus be effectively implemented in the treatment of depression. Frequent attendant symptoms such as a lack of willpower and motivation, fear, worry and a feeling of inner void - result from renal insufficiency from a Chinese standpoint.

According to various studies, Cordyceps inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO). In orthodox medicine, MAO inhibitors are used to treat depression and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The Cordyceps medicinal mushroom furthermore counteracts cardiac irregularities, strengthens the heart and effectively lowers increased diastolic blood pressure levels. The mushroom can also strengthen the lungs. Positive experiences treating asthma or pneumonia have been reported. In some cases, the mushroom has alleviated tinnitus.

Like all adaptogens, Cordyceps also has liver protecting and antioxidant properties. It activates superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase.

Verified effects of Cordyceps from research

  • the effect of cordycepin resembles that of antibiotics: they inhibit the growth of Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium paraputrificum. Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are not destroyed as is the case when tetracycline or chloramphenicol are administered.

  • The macrophages are activated. By triggering the Peyer plaques, the entire immune system is stimulated.

  • The activity of natural killer cells is increased.

  • One hour after the ingestion, the corticosteroids are dose-dependently increased, which may last up to 24 hours.

  • Hepatic metabolism is improved.

  • Hepatic fibrosis from biliary stasis (gall congestion) can be prevented.

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Properties: sweet, bitter, warm, dry

  • strengthening of lung and kidneys (nourishes the lung Yin; tonifies the kidney Yang)

  • tonifies Qi and Yang

  • essence, Xue and Wei Qi are strengthened/increased

  • improves the circulation of Qi and Xue

  • sooths the emotions

  • blood-stirring and blood-building

  • strengthens sexual energy and lumbar region

  • helpful by joint and muscular pain

  • counteracts post-illness fatigue and weakness

  • strengthens the immune system (Aids, cancer)

  • counteracts rheumatism

  • supportive in the treatment of respiratory conditions (cough, cold,  breathlessness, asthma, bronchitis)

  • counteracts inflammations

  • helps against sleeplessness and night sweats

  • supportive in the treatment of menstrual irregularities

  • improves the body’s blood and oxygen supply

Strengthening vital energy

Yaks, for instance, provide evidence of medically interesting ingredients in the Cordyceps species. This shaggy cattle species inhabits the Tibetan high plateaus. During the rutting season, they dig out caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps), eat it and become extremely stimulated by it. This tonic effect and the many healing properties of the Cordyceps have been recorded in up to 2000 year old Chinese herbal books. Apart from the mentioned effects, Cordyceps primarily serves to strengthen the vital Qi energy.

Sources

  • Young-Joon Ahn, Suck-Joon Park, Sang-Gil Lee, Sang-Cheol Shin, Don-Ha Choi: „Cordycepin: Selective Growth Inhibitor Derived from Liquid Culture of Cordyceps militaris against Clostridium spp. J. Agric“;. Food Chem. 2000, 48, 2744-2748
  • Jong-Ho Koh, Kwang-Won Yu, Hyung-Joo Suh, Yang-Moon Choi, Tae-Seok Ahn: „Activation of Macrophages and the Intestinal Immune System by an Orally Administered Decoction from Cultured Mycelia of Cordyceps sinensis.“; Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 66 (2), 407-411, 2002
  • Xu Ren-He, Peng Xiang-E, Chen Guo-Zhen, Chen Guo-Lin: „Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on Natural Killer Activity and Colony Formation of B16 Melanoma.“; Chinese Medical Journal, 105 (2):97-101, 1992
  • Seu-Mei Wang, Li-Jen Lee, Wan-Wan Lin, Chun-Min Chang: „Effects of a Water-Soluble Extract of Cordyceps sinensis on Steroidogenesis and Capsular Morphology of Lipid Droplets in Cultured Rat Adrenocortical Cells.“; Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 69: 483-489 (1998)
  • Noboru Manabe, Miki Sugimoto, …: „Effects of the Mycelial Extract of Cultured Cordyceps sinensis on In Vivo Hepatic Energy Metabolism in the Mouse.“; Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 70, 85-88 (1996)
  • Ji-Xing Nan, Eun-Jeon Park, ...: „Antifibrotic Effect of Extracellular Biopolymer from Submerged Mycelial Cultures of Cordyceps militaris on Liver Fibrosis Induced by Bile Duct Ligation and Scission in Rats.“; Arch Pharm Res Vol. 24, No 4, 327-332, 2001
  • Prof. Dr. med. Ivo Bianchi: “Moderne Mykotherapie”; Hinckel Druck, 2008
  • Hobbs, C.: “Medicinal Mushrooms”, Botanica Press, 1995

Note

The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.