Properties of Cordyceps Mushrooms: Antitumor, immunostimulant, cardiovascular function, endocrine system support, anticancer, renal funciton, hepatic function, tonic, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, sweet, warm, kidney, lung.
Other Names: Cordyceps sinensis, Cordyceps Mushrooms, Dong Chong Xia Cao, Dong Chong Xia Liang, Cordyceps Biomass, Cordyceps Bioavailable Mushroom, Cordyceps Fungus, Cordyceps Mycelium.
Cordyceps sinensis is a medicinal mushroom that has been used for over 5,000 years. "The folk healers of Sikkim use C. Sinensis to cure 21 ailments including cancer, asthma, TB, diabetics, cough and cold, erectile dysfunction in males and female BHP, hepatitis, etc." (Panda & Swain, 2011). It was highly recommended by ancient medical practitioners as the most effective cure for all illnesses. The herb is considered highly effective and potent in curing various diseases. Cordyceps is well known as a nourishing tonic.
When China's national women's track and field team broke several records in 1993, and again one year later, it caused a sensation and raised questions about possible use of performance-enhancing drugs. While no drug residues were detected, the coach did reveal that the team was drinking a tonic made from cordyceps mushrooms (a well-known, natural Chinese supplement). Cordyceps is an innate aphrodisiac and is highly sought after as a sexual tonic and strengthen sexual prowess. It is known for its yin and yang capacity and as a strong yang tonic it reinforces the kidney channel. Cordyceps' reputation amongst herbalists is due to its beneficial effects on invigoration and qi/energy enhancement. The pharmacologically active components of cordyceps are still being researched, but two chemical constituents, cordycepin (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol), have been identified and suggested as being active compounds.
The benefits of cordyceps are said to include strengthening the immune system, improving sexual function, increasing libido, building muscle, reducing fatigue, benefiting circulation, protecting the liver and kidneys, blood sugar control, and improving physical performance.