Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, or quite simply, Cordyceps, is a rare medicinal mushroom that is used in a large number of cases by Chinese medicine. It is found exclusively on the Himalayan highlands, which makes it difficult to pick and extremely expensive.
The medicinal benefits of cordyceps have been known in China for over 2000 years. The earliest written record of Cordyceps use dates from AD 620 during the Tang Dynasty.
In the 1993 Chinese national track and field events, the women’s team broke 9 world records, with impressive gaps. In particular, the 10,000m running event completed in less than 30 minutes.
The extraordinary performances of this women's team raised suspicions of doping but all the tests were negative. The Chinese coach attributed the performances to the use of the Cordyceps mushroom.
Traditional Chinese medicine advocates the use of cordyceps in many cases, including lung and respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and certain kidney conditions.
Finally, cordyceps is used in China to resolve hyposexuality. It is used for its anti-aging and revitalizing properties after a period of fatigue or illness.
In the western world today, two types of people are interested in Cordyceps: athletes and the elderly. Indeed, this medicinal mushroom improves recovery and reduces fatigue.
Like many medicinal mushrooms, cordyceps is believed to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Its use in the fight against cancer has increased, in particular as an accompaniment to chemotherapy treatments.