Recommended Daily Dose:
Capsules, 3 times a Day
(Individual Dosage May Vary. Please Your Consult Health Care
Original Herb and Traditional Use:
· Cordyceps sinensis
is the stroma of Cordyceps sinensis
(Berk.) Sacc. (Ascomycetes) together with the host larva of Hepialus
armoricanus Oberthur (Hepialidae). Originally, it was found only in a
small area of Qinghai province of China. Since it is very rare and
expensive, Chinese scientists have found a way to cultivate it and make it
more accessible through mor than 20 years of intensive study. The
cultivated version of this product is made from the dried mycelia powder
of Cephalosporium sinensis Chen.
sp., isolated from fresh Cordyceps
sinensis (Berk) Sacc through
submerged fermentation in a liquid medium. It is available in a
homogenous, high-quality, and consistently effective form. Its capsule
version is easy to administer.
· According to TCM, cordyceps is considered warm-propertied
with a sweet, acrid taste. It nourishes the lungs; tonifies the kidneys,
vital essence, and vital energy (qi); balances the body; and resolves
phlegm. It is used in to treat general debility following prolonged
illness, especially in elderly patients.
Among other constituents, cordyceps contains 17
amino acids, 10 trace elements, D-mannitol, and ergosterol.
The Beijing Institute of Materia Medica of the
Chinese Medical Academy made extensive pharmacological studies of Cordyceps sinensis and found that the cultivated version has the
same chemical components and the same physiological effects as the natural
product. Its remarkable therapeutic effects have been confirmed in many
controlled, well-designed studies carried out by medical schools in
Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and other provinces of China. Its therapeutic
effects on the liver have been extensively studied in China. Its toxicity
is very low; in therapeutic doses, virtually no toxicity has been
observed. Besides its therapeutic effects on the liver, cordyceps has the
following pharmacological actions: immune-system-enhancing,
anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, elevation of high-density lipoproteins
(HDL), reduction of blood cholesterol, reduction of platelet aggregation,
stimulation of blood supply to the heart and brain, anti-neoplastic
(anti-tumor), and enhancement of phagocytosis of macrophages.