What is Cordyceps Sinensis?
Cordyceps (also known as caterpillar fungi) is a rare, resilient and respected fungi that’s been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. There are more than 700 species of Cordyceps. In the health industry, two speciestend to take center stage. Both contain the bioactive compounds adenosine and cordycepin. These are what can offer health benefits - Ophiocordyceps sinensis (O. sinensis), formerly called Cordyceps sinensis (C. sinensis), and Cordyceps militaris (C. militaris).
Cordyceps sinensis has been predominantly used throughout history, growing in high-altitude regions in China, Nepal, Tibet and India. Although this location — combined with over-harvesting — made things difficult when cordyceps surged in popularity.
Benefits of Cordyceps Sinensis
Chinese medicine has noted the benefits of cordyceps for centuries.
In the west, we’re a little late to the party. But with increasing popularity and modern scientific studies taking place, we’re certainly making up for lost time.
There’s still a long way to go with the research, but early studies suggest cordyceps sinensis can…
- Boost energy and metabolism
- Increase aerobic capacity
- Improve endurance
- Support asthmatics
- Enhance immune response
- Boost libido
- Assist erectile dysfunction and fertility
- Support the kidneys and liver
Due to limited research in humans, there is no consensus on dosages.
The dosage commonly used in human research is 1,000–3,000 mg per day. This range is not associated with side effects and has been found to have certain health benefits.
Side Effects and Safety
No studies have yet examined the safety of Cordyceps Sinensis in humans.
However, a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests they are nontoxic.
In fact, the Chinese government approved Cordyceps CS-4 for use in hospitals and recognizes it as a safe, natural drug. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92758/)