Cordyceps is valued in Asia as a particularly precious vital mushroom and traditional tonic for life and vital energy.

It supports physical and spiritual well-being, as well as the harmonious balance of body, mind and soul.

Cordyceps is a so-called sac fungus. It occurs naturally in the Tibetan highlands. Tibetan yak herders discovered very early on that eating the valuable mushroom not only gave their animals greater fertility, but also strengthened their resistance. Since then, the Cordyceps has been very sought-after in Asia as a tonic for vital energy. Sportspeople also report a strengthening effect.

Today demand for samples growing in the wild is so great that its price is practically as high as that of gold. Cordyceps is also referred to as “caterpillar mushroom”, as it grows on a particular type of caterpillar. However, in accordance with German and European food laws and hygiene standards, it is not possible to offer the mushroom growing from caterpillars as a foodstuff or nutritional supplement. We offer our customers the mycelium of the Cordyceps cultivated on a millet substrate. The advantages of this cultivation are evident: firstly, it makes this mushroom affordable for anyone in our country, and secondly, we are contributing towards the protection of nature in Tibet, by not supporting any extensive gathering of these mushrooms.

Owing to the great demand, there has been a real “Cordyceps frenzy” in Tibet in recent decades. This has inevitably led to a regrettable depletion in nature, which has a negative effect on the flora, fauna and ultimately also people. We have therefore chosen sustainable and responsible harvesting and only use the cultivated mycelium. As we cultivate the same mushroom species as in wild nature and only use a different substrate, we also ensure the preservation of all valuable substances that are of benefit and necessary for human beings.

Chinese caterpillar fungus – According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this mushroom supports the kidneys. These store our entire physical and mental energy and are thus considered the "root of life". Cordyceps bestows power, stamina and a strong will.

However, we are not only talking about kidneys as an organ but as an entire functional circuit according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This also includes the genitals, bone, marrow and the ears.

Cordyceps strengthens the genitals and the neurological system engaged with reproduction and sexual instinct. It has positive effects on the production of sex hormones. Consequently, this medicinal mushroom can be implemented for all kinds of genital-related problems.

As for sexual activity, Cordyceps enhances general physical stamina through its beneficial on the respiratory organs and heart. Athletic performance can also be promoted with Cordyceps. After sport the mushroom facilitates regeneration because the muscular tissue recovers more quickly. Moreover, Cordyceps can improve our general performance and regeneration capacities under severe permanent stress of other kinds or during reconvalescence.

The mushroom is believed to support fat and beta oxidation and thus delaying glycogen consumption under physical stress.

Cordyceps also regulates the immune system - in particular the activities of white blood cells, macrophages and natural killer cells - and has antibiotic properties.

For renal dysfunction and nephritis, Cordyceps improves the creatinine clearance and can hinder deposits of immune complexes in the renal tubules in autoimmune diseases.

The release of adrenal hormone is stimulated, the body releases increased amounts of cortisone and thus counteracts stress symptoms. As numerous medical conditions arise through chronic stress, Cordyceps finds versatile application here.

From the Chinese perspective, the kidneys are not only home to our physical but also to our mental energy. Cordyceps can thus be effectively implemented in the treatment of depression. Frequent attendant symptoms such as a lack of willpower and motivation, fear, worry and a feeling of inner void - result from renal insufficiency from a Chinese standpoint.

According to various studies, Cordyceps inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO). In orthodox medicine, MAO inhibitors are used to treat depression and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The Cordyceps medicinal mushroom furthermore counteracts cardiac irregularities, strengthens the heart and effectively lowers increased diastolic blood pressure levels. The mushroom can also strengthen the lungs. Positive experiences treating asthma or pneumonia have been reported. In some cases, the mushroom has alleviated tinnitus.

Like all adaptogens, Cordyceps also has liver protecting and antioxidant properties. It activates superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase.


Verified effects of Cordyceps from research

  • the effect of cordycepin resembles that of antibiotics: they inhibit the growth of Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium paraputrificum. Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are not destroyed as is the case when tetracycline or chloramphenicol are administered.

  • The macrophages are activated. By triggering the Peyer plaques, the entire immune system is stimulated.

  • The activity of natural killer cells is increased.

  • One hour after the ingestion, the corticosteroids are dose-dependently increased, which may last up to 24 hours.

  • Hepatic metabolism is improved.

  • Hepatic fibrosis from biliary stasis (gall congestion) can be prevented.


Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Properties: sweet, bitter, warm, dry

  • strengthening of lung and kidneys (nourishes the lung Yin; tonifies the kidney Yang)

  • tonifies Qi and Yang

  • essence, Xue and Wei Qi are strengthened/increased

  • improves the circulation of Qi and Xue

  • sooths the emotions

  • blood-stirring and blood-building

  • strengthens sexual energy and lumbar region

  • helpful by joint and muscular pain

  • counteracts post-illness fatigue and weakness

  • strengthens the immune system (Aids, cancer)

  • counteracts rheumatism

  • supportive in the treatment of respiratory conditions (cough, cold,  breathlessness, asthma, bronchitis)

  • counteracts inflammations

  • helps against sleeplessness and night sweats

  • supportive in the treatment of menstrual irregularities

  • improves the body’s blood and oxygen supply


Strengthening vital energy

Yaks, for instance, provide evidence of medically interesting ingredients in the Cordyceps species. This shaggy cattle species inhabits the Tibetan high plateaus. During the rutting season, they dig out caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps), eat it and become extremely stimulated by it. This tonic effect and the many healing properties of the Cordyceps have been recorded in up to 2000 year old Chinese herbal books. Apart from the mentioned effects, Cordyceps primarily serves to strengthen the vital Qi energy.