• Andreas Papandreou

Cordyceps Sinensis

Updated: Feb 25

Cordyceps Sinensis – Cordyceps belongs to the family of numerous mushrooms, which are growing wildly on various insects and arthropods in the high plateaus of China, Nepal, and Tibet.

Cordyceps' History

In traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps Sinensis is considered to benefit the lung and kidney channels. It is commonly used by the elder in China as a type of "super ginseng" for rejuvenation and stamina.

Cordyceps Mushroom is one of the most priced immune-modulating and energy enhancing adaptogens known in Chinese herbalism. It is native to high mountain regions of the Himalayas and has been used by the people of Tibet, Nepal, and China for hundreds of years. Often compared to ginseng as regards to its restorative qualities, also known for revitalizing the sex glands and reproductive system, the mycelium is considered a potent aphrodisiac and top tonic for increasing one's sex drive. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is also recognized to be particularly nourishing to the lungs and kidneys. It supports recovery from adrenal depletion and is shown to increase lung capacity as well as oxygen utilisation, making it a great tonic for improving athletic performance and aerobic workouts. It made its claim to fame in 1993 during the Track and Field National Games in Beijing China, when women athletes using the mushroom broke consecutive world track records. After being negatively tested for anabolic steroid use, the team coach revealed that they were consuming daily elixirs of Cordyceps mushroom as a nutritional regimen.

The original wild version (Cordyceps Sinensis), also called "Caterpillar Fungus", is quite different than other types of medicinal mushrooms in that it germinates from the mummified body of various insects growing as elongated blade-like mycelium rather than the usual mushroom cap varieties. Today, however, wild cordyceps mushrooms are rare and extremely expensive. In 1972, Chinese mycologists isolated a wild strain called Cordyceps Cs-4 and were able to some Cordyceps varieties today that are produced using silkworm larvae, but most higher quality Cordyceps mycelium extracts, powders, and whole dried pieces that are being sold are grown organically on brown rice substrate, not on caterpillars or other insect bodies. These cultivated versions are extremely concentrated, possessing close to the same health-enhancing attributes on wild varieties because they are grown using wild spaces, either of the Cordyceps militarism or Cs-4 Sinensis species.


A 9 World time World Breaker, Greatly Increases Athletic Performance, Enhances your Endurance by increasing your Oxygen intake up to 15%. Supports the immune system, sexual function, and immunity. It Provides Mental Clarity, Concentration and Focus. As well as it is an amazing Meditation Enhancer.

Cordyceps Sinensis is a highly revered athletic tonic for its revitalizing effects on physical stamina as well as its ability to help increase lung capacity and build muscle mass. Cordyceps S. has some exciting properties for anyone who desires to improve his/her performance. Many scientific studies have shown that cordyceps can increase one's maximal oxygen intake (VO2 max) by up to 15%. Oxygen is the most important element for your body. By using cordyceps you will be more energetic and achieve exceptional performances in sports, at work, at home and not to mention in the bedroom! It is often used by holistic bodybuilders in protein shakes as a pre-workout energy booster. In Chinese herbalism, Cordyceps is considered extremely beneficial as a major Chi tonic herb, one of the 3 treasures in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The dried mushroom is often used in herbal formulas and can be blended with other energy adaptogens like astragalus, ashwagandha, mama and ginseng for increased effectiveness. Cordyceps has long been consumed by Himalayan mountain people, like the Mykot tribe, for increasing their energy output and endurance levels needed for high altitude activities. In addition, both C. Sinensis and C. Militaris contain unique medicinal components such as specific nucleosides called cordycepin and adenosine. These active ingredients have been proven to play a key role in increasing ATP production and one additionally useful to the cardiovascular system, helping to regulate blood pressure. ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is the intracellular energy source for your muscles. It is a biochemical process known among professional bodybuilders and athletes because it helps increase strength and sustain endurance levels. It is especially beneficial for short bursts of activity like sprinting, weight lifting or jumping. In one double-blind study analyzing the effect, Cordyceps has an exercise performance it "suggests that supplementation with Cs-4(C.sinensis) improves exercise performance and might contribute to wellness in healthy older subjects."Another study showed "an increase in the ratio of ATP to inorganic phosphate in treated mice representing an increase in cellular energy state." A second study using "water-soluble extracts of Cs-4 also showed an increase of 45-55% in ATP:Pi Nucleosides are one of the major ingredients in cordyceps that account for a wide range of immunological actions and health benefits. Cordycepin (3'-deoxyadenosine) is one of the adaptogenic substances in cordyceps that has been discovered to provide immune-modulating effects potentially useful for treating immune-related diseases.

Cordyceps is the top medicinal mushroom often prescribed by Chinese herbalists for kidney yin deficiency and is commonly referenced as a "kidney yin deficiency and is commonly referenced as a "Kidney jing tonic". Jing is one of the three treasures in TCM that is considered the energy foundation or "root of vitality" for the entire body. It is stored specifically in the kidneys as well as the adrenals and sex glands. Cordyceps supplementation can greatly assist many modern-day people living a foot paced lifestyle who are inadvertently draining this Jing energy backup system. Additionally, stressing the kidneys and adrenals with the overuse of caffeinated drinks and other stimulants can be especially depleting to our deep energy reserves over a period of time, resulting in adrenal exhaustion and various autoimmune disorders. Cordyceps mushroom extracts are powerful adaptogens and kidney tonics that help to build and restore energy.

Adaptogens and kidney tonics that help to build and restore energy as well as replenish the deeper immune defenses located in the bone marrow reserve. It is an excellent adjunct to use with other energy supporting superfoods and is specifically recommended by many herbalists for those in recovery from debilitating. Studies with elderly populations who suffered from excessive fragility show a significant increase in energy, appetite as well as improved physical and mental capacity.

Fatigue, impotence, joint and back pain, even ringing in the ears are all symptoms of degenerative kidney health. It has been shown that much of Cordyceps kidney enhancing potential comes from its ability to increase 17-hydroxy-corticosteroid and 17-ketosteroid levels." On the Trail of the Yak, Ancient Cordyceps in the Modern World.


Research reveals that many of the polysaccharides and nucleosides found in the mushroom work specifically as immune system potentiators and possess strong antioxidant, antiviral and antitumor activity. Some of these primary myco-nutrients include beta-glucans, like CO-1, and the nucleoside cordycepin (3' deoxyadenosine). The beta-glucan constituents help to increase the production of interleukins, interferons and antibodies by the activated immune cells. Currently, there are more than 10 identifiable nucleosides and their related components found in cordyceps mushroom. According to Wikipedia, "In medicine, several nucleoside analogs are used as antiviral or anticancer agents."

Evidence also supports cordycepin's ability to inhibit DNA synthesis is cancerous cells, which is thought to be the major mechanism responsible for its effects as a tumor growth inhibitor, significantly increasing the tumor cell kill rate. In an excerpt taken from Cordyceps Mushroom" A Potent Anticancer Nutraceutical it states, "The cancer-protecting activities of the Cordyceps are widely reported and established and now it is the time to look for the cancer-preventing activity of this mushroom more precisely. Extensive research with Cordyceps Mushrooms may contribute to the discovery of new anticancer strategies."

Certain medicinal mushrooms like reishi, Coriolus (Turkey Tail), Chaga as well as Cordyceps are great adjuncts to use when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments should you choose to receive them. Chaga and Coriolus, in addition to Cordyceps, are also top mushrooms extracts known by many leading-edge mycologists for their strong antitumor compounds.

Along with the kidneys, Cordyceps is also a revered lung tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is thought to increase the flow of Chi, which is associated with the air element. When there is more Chi and unhindered oxygen uptake, there is an increase in energy as a result. Many of the mushroom's effects on the lungs are believed to stem from its ability to improve efficient oxygen utilization. Cordyceps is helpful for professional sports athletes for this reason and helps to increase athletic performance and endurance levels.

D-mannitol also called Cordycepic acid, is recognized to play a major role in alleviating conditions such as bronchitis or asthma as are its anti-inflammatory components. It is a Chinese prescribed treatment for such health issues and has been used extensively as a preventative for altitude sickness in high mountain regions. In a study entitled "Anti-asthmatic activities in mycelial extract and culture filtrate of Cordyceps Sphecocephala J201" it was shown that "the mycelial extract and culture filtrate of C. Sphecocephala, indicated that the extracts reduced the undesirable immune responses and/or cytokine expression exhibited in asthma."

1. Helps regulate cholesterol levels. Regulates blood pressure.

2. Revitalizes sex drive, sexual desire and potency.

3. Stimulates the immune system. Alleviates the symptoms of various respiratory illnesses (Arrhythmia, Atherosclerosis, Asthma, Diabetes)

4. Regulates kidney and liver function.

5. Central Nervous System—Protective Activity

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