Cordyceps Mushroom (Cordyceps Sinensis ~ Cordyceps Gracilis) 1lb/454g BULK Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Cordyceps Sinensis ~ Cordyceps Gracilis
Common names: Deer Fungus, Caterpillar Fungus, Dong Chong Xia Cao Tochukas
Plant Description: Cordyceps can only be found in isolated places in the harsh environment of southwestern China, in some dozen localities in Norway, and in very small amounts in Finland and Sweden. The species has been said to have a scattered distribution in Europe, as well, but this is uncertain. Cordyceps gracilis is vernal (April in the lowlands) to aestivial (July-August in prealpine areas). Wild cordyceps is usually very expensive due to the very small production, and can cost up to $1000 for 100 grams. Cordyceps gracilis grows on the caterpillar larvae of the Lepidoptera order of insects, specifically moths belonging to the genus Hepialis. It is presumed that once encountered by a suitable host, part-spores germinate and penetrate into the larva. The fungus proliferates and infiltrates the circulatory system and finally kills the larva. The fungus usually turns up on the same locality every year.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner.
Cautions & Interactions: Do not take during pregnancy or while nursing. Keep out of the reach of children.