Supports renal health and respiratory health, and adrenal and glycemic modulation
Commonly used for impotence and fertility, Cordyceps sinensis greatly improves immune system function and strengthens the body's resistance to bacteria and viruses. It has further been used in China as a tonic for the lungs and kidneys to relieve excessive fatigue, anemia, and depression.
Cordyceps fungus has been described as a very effective herb for treating circulatory, respiratory and immune problems, as well as sexual dysfunction. It was also classified as a general health tonic because of its capability to improve energy, stamina, appetite, endurance, and sleeping patterns. In tradition Chinese medicine cordyceps is used for the kidney and lungs meridians.
Cordyceps relieves conditions that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associates with the kidneys, including high cholesterol and ringing in the ears. Cordyceps may be an aphrodisiac that has been used as a cure for impotence. 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 Studies: Research has shown stimulate the immune system and enhance the natural antioxidant systems in the body. They are also reported to be an aphrodisiac.
History: Cordyceps is a fungus which grows naturally on the backs of caterpillars in China, Nepal and Tibet. One of the most valued medicinal fungi in all of Classical Chinese Medicine. Once reserved exclusively for emperors, this versatile mushroom is now the tonic of choice among world-class competitive athletes.
Cordyceps attracted public attention when a group of Chinese runners, who used Cordyceps to enhance endurance and recovery, broke nine world records in the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Germany. Modern clinical applications and research closely mirror those uses described in Classical Chinese Medicine.
Technicals: A fungus of the genus Cordyceps. Species of Cordyceps. Although the pharmacologically the active components of cordyceps are unknown, two chemical constituents; cordycepin (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol) have been identified and suggested as being the active compounds in improving lung function and increasing energy levels and sex drive.
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: Often used for fatigue, anemia, and depression
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