Cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps sinensis is a wonderfully versatile mushroom, in terms of it’s many medicinal applications. Cordyceps sinensis has been applied medicinally for over 2000 years by doctors in China. Western medicine has not always adequately taken Eastern / herbal / traditional medicine into account. The recent discovery of the power of Cordyceps sinensis in the West is the reason for the explosion of popularity of the super mushroom. does make any medical claims, because the authors have no medical background, and are not qualified to make medical statements about Cordyceps sinensis. On we will merely report some of the information we have gathered over the years of researhing Cordyceps sinensis.

A Chinese friend introduced us to Cordyceps sinensis, and we were so amazed by the powerful effects experimenting with it had on our health, that we began reading about it, and now we even run as a hobby. Much of the information about Cordyceps sinensis comes from our extensive research on the subject, including conversations with people during our trips to China, including several traditional Chinese healers.

On we will attempt to provide a good impression of the properties and potential applications of the medicinal mushroom Cordyceps sinensis.


Varieties of Cordyceps sinensis

The Winter Worm and Summer Grass Varieties

Certain varieties of Cordyceps grow parasitically on the caterpillars of particular moths. Some species of Cordyceps are called “winter worm” (these mushrooms grow on a caterpillar, after killing it and filling it with mycelium) and “summer grass”. These endangered mushrooms only occurs in the high mountains (the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau) in southwestern China and Tibet. Fortunately, the mycelia of Cordyceps sinensis can also be grown domestically, using a substrate such as rice. Researchers have found that the mycelia of domestic Cordyceps sinensis varieties contain the same pharmacological components and medicinal properties as the original, wild Cordyceps. This also applies to (domestic) mycelia of Cordyceps militaris.