The benefits of cordyceps were first discovered 1,500 years ago when cowherds up in the Tibetan mountains observed their cattle becoming more energetic and youthful in their eating this tiny grass like mushroom. Since then, cordyceps has been used as one of the most effective tonic for many health problems. It helps to strengthens the body, improve organ functions, boost body resistance and promote longevity. As it contains both yin and yang, cordyceps can be used by anyone safely for over long period of time. It is also often recommended for those who are recovering from illness or a surgery, or after childbirth.
Cordyceps is commonly prescribed for the treatment of asthma, coughs, weak lung, wheezing, and shortness of breath and to reduce phlegm. Cordyceps invigorates the “lung meridian” and hence is useful for the treatment and prevention of respiratory problems. It can be used to strengthen the respiratory tract of those who require extra energy in order to perform physical work (e.g hard labour, sport or exercise).
Practitioners frequently use cordyceps to treat general weakness and debilitation. It generally improves energy, endurance and helps fight fatigue or extreme tiredness and alleviates the negative effects of stress. Indeed, cordyceps is a great tonic for anyone who leads a very busy life and need extra energy as it also improve sleep patterns, aids proper transportation of nutrients in the body, and boost cellular oxygenation. If you have been suffering from frequent tiredness and have been unsuccessful despite trying many remedies, you should consider taking cordyceps.
Cordyceps is considered to be one of the best natural aphrodisiacs or sexual tonics available. Although it is not as quick as deer antler, horny goat weed and sea dragon, cordyceps has a more profound effect in strengthening the sexual function. As a powerful Yang tonics, it fortifies the kidney channel, responsible for sexual energy and desire. Traditionally, cordyceps is used in china as a remedy for sexual dysfunction in males, especially for erectile dysfunction, impotence and infertility. It effectively improves libido, sexual desire and performance, physical endurance and energy. Numerous studies have shown that cordyceps stimulates testosterone release and relaxes the smooth muscle of the corpus cavernosum in the penis, improving blood flow for stronger erections and improved sexual sensations. Studies performed at Beijing medical university reported a 64% success rate among men suffering from impotence.
Cordyceps is a popular traditional anti-ageing tonic for body rejuvenation and to promote longevity. It replenishes Yin and Yang energy, restoring strength after physical or mental exertion, and protects from the age accelerating effects of stress. Studies confirmed that cordyceps increases the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant in the body. As a potent antioxidant itself, cordyceps also helps to quench free radicals that cause premature ageing and other common degenerative diseases.
Cordyceps has been shown to lower the LDL “bad” cholesterol while increasing the HDL “good” cholesterol level. It also helps to prevent the oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol and “thins” the blood to prevent plaque or clot formation that may block the blood vessels. This helps to reduce the risk of fatal heart attack or stroke. Studies and clinical trials have also shown that patients with various forms of heart diseases have made remarkable recovery and improvement when given cordyceps in addition to their prescribed drugs.
The kidneys are known as “the root of life” and cordyceps has primarily been used to remedy kidneys conditions. Modern research have also confirmed that cordyceps can indeed protect the kidney and improve its functions. Cordyceps have even been found to be useful for kidney transplant patients. However, the use of cordyceps for kidney problems should be well monitored by qualified mediacal personnel.
Traditionally, cordyceps has been used to strengthen the body’s defences against infections, and recent clinical studies confirmed it is a potent immune booster. It stimulates the production of immune cells such as the macrophages, lymphocytes, T helper cells and interleukin in the body. Cordyceps is also an exceptional immune regulator, where it increases the activities of “underactive” immune cells while suppressing the “overactive” ones.
Studies on cordyceps, inhibiting efffects on cancer cells have been done since 1970s in China. These studies indicated that cordyceps helps reduce tumor size, improves cancer patients tolerance to chemotherapy and radiation, and reduce the toxic effects of these treatments on the bone marrow. Further studies also showed that cordyceps contained anti tumour properties and activates natural killer.