LATIN NAME: Cordyceps Sinensis.

CHINESE NAME: Dong Chong Xia Cao.

COMMON NAMES: caterpillar fungus, yartsa gunbu.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Cordyceps Sinensis is a species of fungi from the Ophiocordycipitaceae family. It acts as a parasite and grows on insects. In the warm season, the cordyceps spore penetrates into the larva of one of the butterfly species (Hepialus armoricanus), with the onset of vegetation, this spore is transformed into a root. The body of the fungus grows from the root, in appearance resembling a blade of grass. Cordyceps parasitizes on different arthropods, including caterpillars and ants. Spores of the fungus penetrate into the body of the insect and, eating it, gradually kill it and mummify. The mature fungus looks like a dried yellow-brown caterpillar with a dark brown bough.

ACTIONS: anti-inflammatory, purifying, antitoxic.


Cordyceps Sinensis has the optimal effect on increasing of leukocyte number, stimulates the proliferation of megakaryocytes of the spleen, activates the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, increases the release of hormones, regulates the biochemical processes in the body. It also effects the function of blood formation, stimulating the formation of stem hematopoietic cells (produced by the bone marrow), regulates the imbalance of the body's immune system, oppresses the growth of malignant tumors. This fungus removes spasms, reduces cholesterol, increases the elasticity of blood vessels, prevents chronic inflammatory diseases, increases energy metabolism in tissues: heart, liver, kidneys. Caterpillar Fungus restores libido and potency, normalizes the microflora of skin and mucous membranes: nasopharynx, respiratory tract.


Cordyceps Sinensis is helpful for such conditions as colds, allergies, stomatitis, severe fatigue, neurasthenia, frequent dreams, anorexia, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia, liver disease, diseases of the genitourinary system, autoimmune diseases, cough, dyspnea, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, hepatitis, cirrhosis, herpes, tumors, dysbacteriosis, colitis, gastritis, gastric ulcer, neuroses, memory loss, vision, hearing, sensitivity disorders, mental fatigue, decreased concentration, headaches, migraine, sleep disorders, fainting, vegetative-vascular dystonia, convulsions, motor disorders, cervical, spinal and lumbar nerves, central and peripheral nervous system diseases, rheumatism, radiculitis, stroke, ischemic brain disease, multiple sclerosis, mental retardation, dementia in the elderly.


Cordyceps may cause gastrointestinal upset or discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, dry mouth.


It is forbidden if you have autoimmune diseases. Avoid it when having any bleeding disorders. Use with caution during pregnancy and breast-feeding as there’s no sufficient information about safety of taking cordyceps during these periods.


Cordyceps may interact with Cyclophosphamide, Immunosuppressants, and Prednisolone.


Pour 12 oz of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of cordyceps powder and steep for 10 minutes. Then add 4 thin slices of fresh ginger and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and steep for 5 minutes more. When ready, strain and serve in a warm mug.

“The Earth has music for those who listen”

George Santayana

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.