cordyceps

cordryceps

Part used Mushroom
Use
  • Can be eaten
  • Tea: 1/2 tsp of powder to 10oz water decoct 15 mins, steep 1 hour
Benefits
  • Treats deficient kidney energy caused by excessive exertion or chronic disease – thus aids with fluid metabolism, sexual function, bone health and hearing (kidney function and jing in Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Treats infertility and strengthens respiratory function in cases of dry lungs and chronic cough
  • Used by athletes to break world records: enhances aerobic capacity and cellular energy stores
  • Prevents immuno-suppression and restores macrophage and natural killer cell activity
  • Immune amphoteric and regulates allergies and auto-immune conditions
  • Prevents free radical damage, lowers cholesterol and reduces heart muscle oxygen consumption
Dangers Excessive consumption can depress immune system as well as cause edema, anxiety and headaches

Adapted from:

Winston, D. & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina and stress releif. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press

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