Cordyceps is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to tonify and strengthen the Lungs, nourish and fortify the Kidneys, and enhance general health and wellbeing.
Cordyceps is considered a life-enhancing herb as it nourishes both the Yin and Yang, and it is revered as an absolute superior herb in the Daoist Tonic Herbal tradition.
In the Daoist herbal tradition, cordyceps is also used to increase physical performance; we reduce our recovery time after exertion and cultivate an overall robust feeling in the body, mind, and spirit when using this mushroom. It's also an immunological powerhouse and a great herb to strengthen our capacity for the ultimate source of life and energy - the breath!
We love to use cordyceps to help combat coughs and phlegm; it's a great ally for preventing cold and flu and in the stages of recuperation (just avoid if you have an active fever - see Contraindications below).
Wild cordyceps (C. sinensis) are rare and expensive to source; wild cordy is also quite an extreme herb! Fully wild cordyceps consist of a blade-like mushroom body growing from the head of a caterpillar; yep, this fungus uses caterpillars as its host. We use a vegan cultivated form of Cs-4 cordyceps