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Cordyceps Mushrooms 40 g, 20 g


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Cordyceps Mushrooms – 40 g ($10.99), 20 g ($7.99)


Cordyceps relieves conditions that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associates with the kidneys, including high cholesterol and ringing in the ears. It was also used for fatigue, sexual dysfunction, cough, and as an immune stimulant. The herb is an aphrodisiac that has been used as a cure for erectile dysfunction (ED). Cordyceps has been shown to increase testosterone in mice. It has also been used in cancer treatment and has antitumor effects in cells. Cordyceps strengthens the immune system of people who have undergone radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery, and helps to strengthen people who have had long-term illnesses or suffer from exhaustion. Cordyceps is known to boost energy levels and increase endurance in athletes.

Benefits of cordyceps for specific health conditions include the following:

  • Cancer. Cordyceps delays the diffusion of cancer cells and is able to control the division of cancer cells. It also increases the ability of the immune system’s T cells and macrophages to engulf and destroy invaders. It therefore may aid in the fight against cancer. However, as yet, few clinical studies are available to support its use in cancer patients.
  • Congestive heart failure, kidney disease, lung cancer (in the elderly). Cordyceps improves a variety of conditions in elderly patients. Patients with congestive heart failure had improved quality of life with 3 to 4 grams a day. Using 3 to 4.5 grams a day improved respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and sleep. Improved renal function was seen in patients with chronic renal disease such as creatinine clearance, blood urea nitrogen, and serum creatinine. More patients who had lung cancer completed radiation and chemotherapy with 2 to 5 grams of cordyceps.
  • Tinnitus. Cordyceps helps people with tinnitus caused by fluid accumulation in the inner ear. It is not helpful for tinnitus accompanied by a long history of auditory nerve disorder, however. Elderly patients with tinnitus and other ailments such as fatigue, dizziness, and intolerance to cold had improvements with 3 grams a day.

Recommended Use:

Cordyceps is available in tablets and tinctures. You should not use it if you have a hormone-sensitive disorder such as breast cancer (for women) or prostate cancer (for men). Most manufacturers of cordyceps products also caution that the fungus should be used by adults only, and that people who use anticoagulant drugs, asthma inhalers, or immunosuppressant drugs for lupus, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Sjögren’s syndrome should consult a health-care provider before using the herb.


Botanical Name: Cordyceps sinensis


Also, known as: Vegetable caterpillar, Chinese caterpillar fungus, Yartsa gunbu, Dong Chong xia cao, and Semitake, Jin Chong Cao

Habitat: China

Part Used: Fungus

Origin: China

General Information:

Cordyceps sinensis has been described as a medicine in old Chinese medical books and Tibetan medicine. It is a rare combination of a caterpillar and a fungus and found at altitudes above 5000m in Sikkim. Cordyceps sinensis is a fungus traditionally grown on the bodies of caterpillars and just one species in a genus of hundreds. All species are parasites. This species is found only on the Tibetan Plateau. Other Cordyceps species grow all over the world, mainly in Asia in humid tropical forests. The name cordyceps comes from Latin words meaning club and head.

The fungus is parasitic in nature. The base of the mushroom first originates from an insect larval host and ends at the club-like cap, including the stipe and stroma. The stroma is the upper fungal part and is dark brown or black, but can be a yellow color when fresh, and longer than the caterpillar itself, usually. It grows singly from the larval head, and is clavate, sub lanceolate or fusiform, and distinct from the stipe. The stipe is slender, glabrous, and longitudinally furrowed or ridged. The immature larvae (host) on which cordyceps grows usually lies about 4-10 cm below the surface of the ground.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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Weight 0.07 lbs

40 g, 20 g


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