The powerful and medicinal abilities of Cordyceps mushroom

Dong Chong Xia Cao, or caterpillar fungus but mainly known by it’s Latin name Cordyceps, is one of the most exotic and most powerful among the medicinal mushrooms. The name caterpillar fungus was given because Cordyceps is, in fact, a parasitic mushroom that takes over its insect host, and this phenomenon is one of the reasons why this mushroom is as famous as it is today. Up until recent times, it has not been easy to come by. You can find this fascinating shroom in the high mountain regions of Tibet, China, and Nepal, and is fairly rare to find. Don’t worry, though; at Mush, we use the vegan version of this powerful fungus! 

In the past, Cordyceps mushrooms were only consumed by royalty, those in positions of power, or those who lived in the areas where these mushrooms occurred in the wild. Thankfully though the cultivation of this funguy, there is no scarcity problem anymore, and is now largely available for everyone to purchase, woohoo!

Yin and Yang balance

According to traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps’ healing potential is mainly associated with strengthening the lung and kidney meridians. 

As a tonifying mushroom, Cordyceps is also revered for being both ‘Yin-nourishing’ and ‘Yang-invigorating’ in Chinese medicine. The Yin-nourishing effects of this mushroom are emphatically expressed in its powerful antioxidant activity and its highly powerful immunomodulating effects. Its Yang-invigorating effects are noticeable in its increasing ability on cellular energy production by improving glucose metabolism and reducing oxidative stress. In a nutshell; oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.

Cordyceps and antiaging

Because of the high amounts of antioxidants found in Cordyceps, it seems that this shroom also affects the body’s degenerative process, aka it apparently has the ability to slow down the aging process. Sounds like Cordyceps and Reishi would be the perfect anti-aging squad, as they both are known for their anti-aging abilities!

Aphrodisiac shrooms

The use of Cordyceps has many advantages and is largely prescribed for diseases of the respiratory tract, kidneys, and liver. As well as extreme fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, there is even a fungus who can help with the activating of the sexual energy. A recent study noticed a 30 percent increase in sexual activity when Cordyceps was used daily. Traditionally, Cordyceps has also been used as a fertility tonic, and the good news is that the aphrodisiac properties attributed to this mushroom are effective in both women and men.

Multitalented fungus

Cordyceps has the power to bring back balance between Yin and Yang and multiple other physiological processes in the body. In this short in-depth article, I already wrote about many of the benefits that this mushroom may bring you, yet there is so much more to write about this highly interesting toadstool, so expect a sequel very soon!

Mush Cordyceps powder is now exclusively sold in the new Mush collection box. The Mush box is the perfect way to get familiar with which shroom you like most or to create your own morning and evening ritual by using all four of them!

Cordyceps functional mushroom craft bag
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