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What is Bhutanese Wild Cordyceps?

Wild Cordyceps is one of the premier tonic herbs in the world. Along with Wild Ginseng, Wild Reishi Mushroom and Deer Antler Tips from the Spotted and Horse Deer, Wild Cordyceps is absolutely coveted by tens of millions of Asian people (and millions more around the world), but is generally only obtainable by those who can afford one of the rarest and most expensive tonic herbs in the world. Cordyceps has been used by humans for centuries as a tonic, revered for its ability to improve performance and vitality, resist aging, and as a protective herb of the highest order.

What does Cordyceps do?

Traditional and Modern Conventional Asian Functions

Primary Functions: Nourishes Jing (both Yin and Yang), strengthens the Kidneys and Lungs and tonifies Qi.

Secondary Functions: Bolsters Wei Qi (immunity) and relieves depression of Liver Qi.

Treasures: Yin Jing, Yang Jing and Qi

Atmospheric Energy: Warm

Taste: Sweet.

Organ Associations: Kidneys and Lungs

Bhutanese Wild Cordyceps can go by several different names:

Botanical Name: Cordyceps sinensis
Full Latin: Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc., belonging to the family Clavicipitacea
Chinese: Dong Chong Xia Cao (Winter Worm, Summer Grass)
Tibetan: Yarsha Gumba (Yartsa Gunbu)
Bhutanese: Yartsa Guenbub (or simply Bub)
Nepalese: Jeeban Buti
Japanese: Tockukaso
Korean: Tong Ch'ug Ha Ch'o
Common American English: Cordyceps, Caterpillar Fungus, Winterworm

Click above to watch a short video about the collection of Cordyceps in the Bhutanese Himalayas…

Cordyceps has been used in traditionally as an elite general tonic for promoting longevity, vitality and endurance. Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. A Chinese herbal “classic” states that Cordyceps is able to “increase the primary motive force for life activities.”

Cordyceps is one of the few herbs in the world that tonifies both Yin and Yang. Because of its superb balance, and lack of side effects, it can be used by almost anyone safely and over a long period of time. It replenishes Yin Essence (Yin Jing), restoring the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion, adapting to stress, or from aging. Cordyceps is one of the primary herbal substances used in tonic herbalism as an antiaging agent and for the purposes of rejuvenation. It is especially good for those who are in a weakened condition or by those who desire to visibly increase vitality and performance. People in peak physical condition also benefit from Cordyceps, as it can make a noticeable difference in athletic performance, and some people say sexual performance.

As a tonic, Cordyceps is now being used by athletes around the world. It improves performance partly by improving oxygen consumption by the cardiopulmonary system under stress and increasing tissue “steady state” energy levels. Cordyceps also appears to modulate immune function and optimize endocrine system functions, increasing physical strength and endurance. Cordyceps’ has powerful, deep tonifying action. It is used to overcome weakness.

For three years in the mid-1990s Wang Junxia dominated the world of female distance running. She became the fastest long distance runner in the world, and in history. Wang broke the world records in the 3,000 and 10,000 meter runs, and won gold and silver medals at the Atlanta Olympics. As a key part of her training program, she consumed an herbal tonic in which Wild Cordyceps was the main ingredient. Though her performances caused many people to speculate that she had used steroids, Wang never failed a drug test though she was tested relentlessly during the entire period. She denies ever using a steroid or any performance enhancing substance other than the legal, safe, life enhancing tonic herbs, headed by Cordyceps.

Cordyceps is used for the purposes of strengthening the primal Kidney functions, which include sexual functions, brain power, structural integrity (bones, joints and connective tissues) and healing ability. It is a powerful Yang tonic. As a sexual tonic, Cordyceps is considered to be one of the best. It is not as quick acting as the major Yang tonics like Deer Antler, Epimedium, Cistanche and Sea Dragon, but it has a profound long term strengthening capacity, and of course, may be used along with other Yang tonics. Nevertheless, many people claim that Cordyceps is the most powerful aphrodisiac of them all! It is used by both men and women.

Consistent use of Cordyceps helps to strengthen the skeletal structure, and specifically benefits the lower back region, the knees and ankles. It is traditionally used for minor and temporary backache due to injury, fatigue, stress or aging.

Cordyceps is also a major Lung tonic. It can be used to strengthen respiratory power in those who require extra energy in order to perform physical work (e.g., sports, exercise or labor) or it can be used by those who experience a deficiency of Lung power.

Cordyceps has always been used as a primary herb to fortify the defensive system of the body, and recent data indicate that Cordyceps is a potent immune system potentiator. Researchers in Japan and China have isolated a number of polysaccharides in Cordyceps which strengthen the immune system. Maintaining the immune system is one of the mechanisms that can slow down aging and help prevent both degenerative and acquired diseases.

Other studies have shown that Cordyceps can have a benefit in the vascular system as well. Cordyceps improves the function of the micro-circulation and improves efficiency at the capillary level. This is very important to our longevity. Cordyceps has been shown to support healthy blood pressure and to strengthen heart muscle.

Cordyceps is very highly regarded in China as a tonic for those who are recovering from an illness or an operation, or after giving birth. In these cases, the Cordyceps helps the patient recover their physical power, improve their appetite, and help protect the body from infection. When blended with other tonics such as Ginseng, Ganoderma (Reishi mushroom), Schizandra, Lycium (Goji) or Astragalus, Cordyceps’ power is even increased as the synergy of the various herbs results in an even more powerful tonic.