Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Cordyceps


I don't know if you guys take this Chinese herb. In Chinese, it's called dong chong xia cao which literally means "winter worm summer grass" but it's actually a fungus (like mushrooms). you double-boil it with chicken and usually ginseng and it's supposed to be very nourishing. benefits include the following:

Enhancing and strengthening of the immune system. Cordyceps is supposed to increase the number of the Natural Killer Cells, which are responsible for the body defense against viruses and bacteria. Some trials show that the fungus works effectively in leukemia stricken individuals.

Improving sexual function in men and increasing libido by stimulating the production of sex hormones. Cordyceps may also be a means for fighting female infertility. Wow, so couples trying to have a baby should take this hor?

Building muscles and improving physical performance. Those Chinese athletes, who use Cordyceps, tend to show better results than the other sportsmen.

Providing anti-aging and fatigue reducing effects. The fungus works as an antioxidant and increases cellular formation, especially in the elderly patients. It also promotes more restful sleep, soothes the nervous system, and reduces anxiety, thus working as a sedative. This one i like! =D

Improving the respiratory function. Cordyceps shows good results in fighting against cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma, since it relaxes bronchial walls and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Enhancing cellular oxygen uptake. This benefits all the body systems, giving them more energy and vitality.

Benefiting vascular system by improving circulation, regulating blood pressure, and strengthening the heart muscle.

Protecting liver and kidneys. Cordyceps improves blood flow to these organs (as well as to the others), which results in their better activity and ability to fight the diseases, including Hepatitis and chronic kidney disease.

Cordyceps is said to be safe and has no side effects. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children are not recommended to use it, since no studies have been conducted in such persons.

here's the source of the info above.

Sounds amazing? well, it doesn't come cheap. i usually buy tibetan ones (my MIL says they're good) and since i don't know how to choose, i will buy from ZTP or hock hua and choose the most expensive or second most expensive types LOL i only buy when there's 20% off. one box of about 30+ sticks costs about $380 and each time i use about 6 to make 3 bowls. it's a very expensive soup but my MIL says it's good so i will make it.

Qing Hai is a major supplier of cordyceps as well and the news reported that because of the earthquake, there'll be a huge shortage and the price may rocket up to a few times the usual price... hm... but i also watched on TV that apparently, Malaysia managed to culture cordyceps... hm...