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Cordyceps has been used for about 2000 years in the Far East. It was virtually unknown to the Western part of the world until the Chinese women’s track team broke records in 1993 and was found to be part of their dietary supplements. It is prized as a male sexual elixir and often appears in tonic formulas, particularly herbal liquors. It is comparable in cost to good ginseng, and like many tonic herbs, it can be cooked and consumed together with tonic foods. Traditional sources suggest stewing a male duck with this herb stuffed into its cavities. The great Ming dynasty herbologist Lee Shih-chen praised this herb as being equivalent to ginseng as a general invigorating tonic to all of the body’s vital energy systems.
It is particularly effective in restoring vitality after a long illness, surgery, childbirth, and other conditions of energy depletion and physical exhaustion. It has also been shown to stimulate bone marrow, thereby enhancing human immune response. Most Chinese herbals state that cooking this herb with chicken or duck, particularly a drake, is by far the best way to extract and assimilate its full medicinal benefits. Patent herbal preparations of Cordyceps in essence of chicken or duck are widely available. Some of the specific actions are:
It is very effective in tonifying arrhythmia with an efficacy up to 94%. When the product was applied to 200 different ailments, no toxic side effect was detected;
It helps strengthen the immune system of tumor patients who have received radiotherapy, chemotherapy or an operation. It is remarkable for stabilizing the hemogram, increasing the blood cells and protein for producing blood plasma, and for eliminating the ill effects after various therapies. Furthermore, the product is a synergist for reinforcing the efficacy of radiotherapy.
It provides remarkable benefits for various Climatic Age Illness, Impotence, Emission, Neurasthenia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Cirrhosis, flabby waist and knee.
- It is also effective in lowering the lipoproteinemia level, and in preventing Arterio-Sclerosis, Coronary heart disease as well as certain other diseases related to blood vessels of the brain. It helps stimulate the immune system of the elderly and strengthen their resistance to illness. Frequent dosage can prevent senile disorders. One of the reasons for aging is due to the insufficient secretion of sexual hormones. Cordyceps sinensis is, in this regard, a hormone stimulator. Morever, the aging effect is to a large extent attributed to the rise of active monoamine oxidize enzyme inside the body and Cordyceps Sinensis can effectively inhibit the rising of such enzyme. Thus, it is an anti-aging medicine which helps regenerate the organic functioning of humans.
After a three-week dose, patients with the aforesaid symptoms would feel promising improvement. In general, this product is a tonic good for bodily nourishment and for stimulating brain activity. Long-term administration can reinforce the body against foreign attacks, improve the organic functioning, strengthen the immune system and in turn help bring longevity. Improved insulin sensitivity due to cordyceps has been demonstrated in both normal rats and humans. These effects are presumably mediated by the polysaccharide fraction of cordyceps, and multiple polysaccharides from cordyceps which reduce blood sugar in diabetic mice have been identified.