How it Benefits*
Over the millennia, Cordyceps sinensis has been treasured throughout Asia as one of the most effective natural tonics to strengthen vitality and promote longevity. A precious herbal adaptogen, Cordyceps sinensis contains many active ingredients, including ribonucleosides, mannitol, sterols, organic acids, polysaccharides, proteins, polyamines, amino acids, dismutase, dipeptides, vitamins, and a variety of trace elements.
The medicinal attributes of Cordyceps in
promoting virility and fortifying the lungs and kidneys
have been well-documented by Traditional Chinese Medicine and are the subjects of modern biomedical and clinical studies around the world. Because of its medicinal properties and its scarcity in nature, Cordyceps was deemed so precious that it was reserved only for emperors in ancient China. More recently, the use of Cordyceps has been memorialized by its association with athletic training and impressive outcomes at international sports competitions. It attracted worldwide attention in 1993 when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke 9 world records during the international competition and has since gained popularity among athletes, including international basketball star Yao Ming.
Cordyceps has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a tonic to treat kidney, lung, renal, liver, and heart diseases for thousands of years. It has also been used to treat or inhibit cancer growth in Asia. TCM doctors have used the mushroom to boost the immune system and to alleviate lower back pain.
The wide-ranging properties of the mushroom also include the ability to target fatigue and exhaustion by adjusting the qi, or energy, within the body.
A study using CGB's strain of Hirsutella sinensis addresses the medicinal mushroom's anti-inflammatory properties since many of its effects, especially on chronic respiratory and renal disorders, may be explained by anti-inflammatory suppression.
In a different study, the severity of chronic kidney disease and lupus were reduced in studies with lupus-prone mice. Cordyceps was able to decrease the severity of proteinuria, a lupus-related condition in which excess protein infiltrates the urine due to kidney damage.
Cordyceps drew heightened global attention when two female athletes from China broke the world records for the 1,500 meter, the 3,000 meter, and the 10,000 meter run, which was surpassed by 42 seconds, in the 1993 National Games in Stuttgart, Germany. In total, 9 world records for 3 women’s track and field events were shattered in a week! In a press interview, the Chinese coach claimed that taking Cordyceps as a daily supplement had greatly enhanced the athletes' performance, stamina, and endurance. This event sparked the attention and research for Cordyceps as a popular supplement outside of the Eastern hemisphere.
Thus, only within the last few decades have scientists truly launched in-depth studies on the health benefits of this mushroom. Recent studies have uncovered antibiotic, antitumor, antioxidant, anti-asthmatic, and anti-fatigue properties within the mushroom.
Clinical trials have shown Cordyceps Sinensis impact on the male sexual system, including libido, erectile dysfunction and testosterone production.
Today’s scientists are only now uncovering the potential effects of the mushroom against tuberculosis and other respiratory ailments by protecting the lungs and dissolving phlegm, cardiovascular problems by stimulating blood circulation, muscle and back pain by relaxing smooth muscles, kidney and liver problems by protecting these vital organs, and autoimmune diseases by boosting the immune system and fighting infections. Cordyceps has become a hot topic in today’s scientific arena with ongoing clinical trials on the mushroom’s medicinal properties and health benefits.
Purported Health Benefits of Cordyceps
Protects kidney function: used by Traditional Chinese Medicine to protect the kidneys during transplants, treat renal failure, and restore kidney damage induced by excessive toxicity
Supports liver function: studies show that it helps improve and restore liver function in cases of liver damage, such as chronic hepatitis B and C.
Boosts immune system: used in ancient China and shown in recent studies to combat common colds, viral infections, and autoimmune disorders.
Enhances energy levels, targets fatigue and exhaustion, and boosts exercise capacity: popularized by Chinese female athletes who broke 9 world records during the Chinese Women’s Track and Field event at the National Games in Germany.
Boosts respiratory function: studies show that it can alleviate respiratory ailments, such as asthma, tuberculosis, and chronic bronchitis, by protecting lungs.
Stimulates blood circulation and protects heart.
Exhibits natural antibiotic properties: combats infections.
Helps manage atherosclerosis and regulate cholesterol levels
Increases libido: used in ancient China to treat sexual dysfunction
Promotes anti-aging with its antioxidant properties
Showcases antitumor properties: studies show that it may have cancer fighting effects
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Clinical Trials & Research Reports**
Polysaccharides from Cordyceps Sinensis proved to have a protective effect against chronic renal failure caused by fulgerizing kidneys.
1 An increase in testosterone production after taking Cordyceps Sinensis was shown in lab results with mice. Additionally, the blood plasma cortisol, testicle alkone and fresh semen were all strengthened, as well as the endocrine and reproduction function.
—Life Sciences, 2001
2 The in vivo and in vitro effects of Cordyceps Sinensis indicated that CS might contribute to an alternative medicine for the treatment of some reproductive problems caused by insufficient testosterone levels in human males.
—Biotech Week, 2003
3 1990 study showed Cordyceps Sinensis helped against autoimmune disorders by calming and quieting the cells of the immune system. Additionally, the study reported significant sugar lowering effects from the cordyceps test group, with improvement in 95% of the test subjects.
—Medicinal Mushrooms, 2002
4 A 1999 UCLA study affirmed Cordyceps Sinensis’s benefits on exercise performance. The study tested the oxygen intake of 30 elderly patients. Subjects given cordyceps sinensis increased their oxygen intake from 1.88 to 2.00 liters per minute vs no increase in the placebo group.
—Medicinal Mushrooms, 2002
4 92 out of 100 patients (92%) with various respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, or cor pulmonale, reported a significant clinical improvement after using a Cordyceps Sinensis supplement for 2-12 weeks.
—The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1998
Why Choose Tonicology
Our strain of Cordyceps (Hirstuella) sinensis has a 99.6% similarity in rDNA sequence compared to the wild-type strain grown in Tibet, listed in NCBI’s global genomic database GenBank. The less than 1% variance is attributed to genetic diversity within any given species, much like how all humans have the same genetic code but slightly different DNA. The nutritional composition and metabolite profile are identical to wild-grown Cordyceps species.
“Geographical Authenticity” is the key to cultivating any biologically active mushroom, because only natural micro-habitat conditions can give each mushroom its unique biomedical features. Our Cordyceps sinensis is cultivated in controlled environments that mimic their natural habitat of Tibet's Himalayan Mountains. Additionally, trace elements and minerals are infused through micro-clustered water that leaves no residue. Cordyceps naturally grows in cold weather, so only low temperature extraction methods are used to preserve the bioactivities of each fungus.
The resulting offerings are 100% Pure, 100% Cordyceps sinensis.
With Cordyceps Sinensis' high medicinal value, demand has increased exponentially and counterfeit products are now sold worldwide. Most Cordyceps sold in the market today do not feature the true species, with companies selling the easily grown Cordyceps militaris or Cs-4.
Many companies mislead customers with the presence of cordycepin and cordycepic acid as an indicator of authentic Cordyceps.
However, what is mostly unknown is that true Cordyceps sinensis does not contain cordycepin, which is just another name for 3-deoxy-adenosine, a fairly common compound. Cordycepic acid is simply another name for D-mannitol, a cheap food additive. This misconception leads many users to believe they are taking high-quality Cordyceps products. Furthermore, lead and bacterial contamination have been major issues with these products.
Many companies sell CS-4, which was believed to be the same species as wild-type Cordyceps until when in 2006, researchers discovered that Cs-4 actually belonged to an entirely different species & genus (Paecilomyces hepiali).
An analogy for selling an entirely different genus would be representing a dog as a cat! Unsurprisingly, Cs-4 has only an 82.2% similarity in rDNA sequence when compared to wild Cordyceps sinensis. Despite all the contrary scientific evidence, Cs-4 is still sold by "health" supplement companies who continue to choose profit over health.
In recent years, Hirsutella sinensis has been proven by scientists to be the asexual phase of the Cordyceps sinensis species.
With this type of evidence, the Taiwanese government now recognizes Hirsutella sinensis as the only authentic strain of Cordyceps.
All Taiwanese products must now print the strain used.
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Safety & Side Effects
Our offerings are all natural and safe. We don't use chemicals, pesticides or heavy metals, EVER! CGB's state-of-the-art Agricultural and Environmental Research Center in the U.S., Europe and Asia assure cleanliness and purity.
Cordyceps Sinensis is generally well-tolerated by most people.
Cordyceps has been used for helping the immune system so those with auto-immune diseases and/or taking auto-immune medication should first consult a physician.
Cordyceps sinensis is a powerful kidney supplement so do not combine Cordyceps with any prescribed kidney medications without consulting a physician first.
Do not take Cordyceps Sinensis if you're allergic to mushrooms or other types of fungus.
Do not take Cordyceps Sinensis if you suffer from herpes.
Prepubescent boys should not take Cordyceps sinensis.
Inform your licensed medical practitioner of any dietary, supplement or exercise program, especially if you are pregnant or have pre-existing medical conditions.
References & Resources** 1 “Protection of chronic renal failure by a polysaccharide from Cordyceps sinensis”, Wang, Ying; Yin, Hongping; Lv, Xiaobo; Wang, Yufeng; Gao, Hongyan; Wang, Min., Fitoterapia, Jul 2010, Vol. 81 Issue 5, p397-402 2 “Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on testosterone production in normal mouse Leydig cells”, Huang, B-M, Life Sciences, 2001, 69:2593 - 2602 3 “Cordyceps Sinensis Stimulates Testosterone Production”, , Biotech Week, 2003, 302 4 “Medicinal Mushrooms”, Halpern, George and Miller, Andrew., Medicinal Mushrooms, 2002,
5 “Cordyceps Sinensis”, Zhu, Jia-Shi, Georges M. Halpern, and Kenneth Jones, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1998, 4 (4): 429-457