In Chinese medicine Cordyceps fungus is described as a very effective herb
to support circulatory, respiratory, immune, sexual drive, as well as a host of other
activities. It was also classified as a general health tonic because of cordyceps
perceived capability to improve energy, stamina, appetite, endurance, and
sleeping patterns. In tradition Chinese medicine cordyceps is used for the kidney and
Cordyceps fungus has the ability to increase the ATP (adenosine
tri-phosphate) production in human cell's mitochondria, thus increasing the energy levels of people using it. It is especially good for people who are involved in
athletics or enjoy vigorous sports.
Compounds found in cordyceps are classified as HDP "Host Defense
Potentiators". These compounds include: hemicellulose, polysaccharides,
polysaccharide-peptides, nucleosides, triterpeniods, complex starches, and other
metabolites. Combinations of these compounds are now believed to target the human immune
system as well as aid in neuron transmission, metabolism, hormonal balance and nutrient
and oxygen transport. They support the development of lymphoid stem cells and other
important body defense responses.
Chinese athletes who used Cordyceps in their athletic training program
surprised everyone including sports authorities when they broke the 10,000 meter World
track record in 1993.
Cordyceps can only be found in isolated places in southwestern China and,
because of the harsh environment and very small production amounts, wild cordyceps is
usually very expensive, up to $1,000 for 100 grams.
Cordyceps fungus is also known as:
Xia Cao Tochukas,