Cordyceps Sinensis, also known as Caterpillar Fungus is usually misinterpreted as a mushroom but, is actually a parasitic fungus which attacks the moth caterpillars and makes it infected with spores. This is how Cordyceps is formed. Do not go eek about it. Fungus does not always mean something nasty!
We enjoy eating those oh-so-soft breads, yeast gave us that. Exactly ! All of them are fungi, which we have been eating and relishing the taste.
Caterepillar gets attacked by the fungus during fall. The fungus kills the caterpillar completely and mummifies it, giving rise to caterpillar like fruiting body.
Thus, Cordyceps is the conjunction of the larvae of caterpillar and a fungus that grows on it. This entire fungus-larva is collected, dried and preserved to be used for medicinal purposes.
DOSAGE : The dosage may range between 4-8 g daily.
It can be administrated as a decoction, powder mixture, tea or tincture.APPEARANCE AND HABITAT :
Cordyceps is found in cold, grassy mountains of Himalayan Plateau and tropical and humid forests of Asian countries- China, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Tibet and Korea.
The fruit body of the herb ranges from dark brown to black, whereas, the root is either yellowish or brown in color.
The larvae on which Cordyceps grows, lives 6 inches below the ground and weighs about 0.05 g .
The harvesting of Cordyceps is done between the months of April and August .
Cordyceps weighs for about 300-500 mg.
The herb is the perfect example of a Superherb. Used to strengthen the body and boost up the mind.
The organs associated with this herb are Kidneys and Lungs. The herb is widely used to cure Kidney as well as Lung disorders.
The herb is super effective effects in curing Impotence, Frigidity
Best used for Fatigue
Cordyceps, when combined with other tonics like Goji Berry, Ganoderma, Astragalus, Ginseng, acts as a very powerful tonic.
It makes the human body a super effective machine to absorb maximum oxygen from the air.In TCM
Caterpillar Fungus : Dong Chong Xia Cao
Meridians Associated : Lungs and Kidneys.