The wonder herb Cordyceps can heal illnesses like asthma, cancer and immune dysfunction
The nature is full of surprisingly healing herbs that can treat and cure almost every ailment on this Earth. We have the scriptures of yesteryears and our ancestors to rely upon who found out the secrets of how to find them and use them to our benefits.
One such herb is found in abundance in the Tibetan plateau in Asia which can not only treat various ailments, but also give you an edge in athletic competitions if you are an athlete or a sportsperson. Here is the information about the wonder herb and all the ailments it can help you with.
1 The wonder herb
The wonder herb that we are talking about here is known as Cordyceps. The drug is widely available in Asia and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
The herb came into limelight in 1993, when Chinese women’s track team came under suspicion of drug intake as they broke 9 world records at Chinese national games. But when the athletes tested negative for steroids and drugs, their coach revealed that the athletes actually were using Cordyceps as it has superior endurance, stamina and vitality enhancing capabilities.
It is categorised as a super tonic herb, something that has anti-ageing capabilities, rejuvenating properties and is beneficial for elderly.
2 Where is it found and characteristics of this herb?
Cordyceps is available in abundance in countries like Tibet, China, India, Nepal and Bhutan, which lie on the Tibetan Plateau. Though it is a mushroom, it is technically an ascocarp or a fungus. It is also known as caterpillar mushroom, since it harvests mostly in the larvae of caterpillars, killing them in the process to burst out of the larvae as an orange and brown fruiting body.
It is one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world and costs more than $1,000 in Hong Kong. They are so expensive that at one time, only the emperor and elite class of China could afford them. Cordyceps are oxygenators. They dilate the airways in the lungs, so that oxygen can reach the blood.
It is a major part of diet in China and has no side effects, hence can be taken for a long time and gives long term benefits. Apart from this, the herb has been found to have a strengthening effect on the body and various body parts. Some of the benefits are as mentioned below.
3 Benefits of this herb
Cordyceps opens up the airways and relaxes them so that oxygen can be transported easily throughout the body; hence they have been widely used in treating lung related conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema and tuberculosis.
It is also a brilliantly anti asthmatic, suppressing asthma for a long time and meanwhile also treating it. It is also a very good cough suppressant and is used in cough syrups. Cordyceps treats a wide range of respiratory diseases and ailments, when combined with antibiotics, like COPD and bronchitis, proving to be effective and highly beneficial.
4 Boosts immune system
Ancient Chinese medicine considered this herb as the best immune enhancing herb in nature. It assists the body in replenishing the immunity of the body into deeper layers than any other drug.
The herb is abundant with beta-glucans and anti-tumor inhibiting CO-1 and a compound called cordycepin, which is an immune-regulatory active ingredient. All these ingredients make Cordyceps a highly effective antioxidant, antiviral and anti-tumor drug.
5 Fights fatigue
Cordyceps has also been effective in treating adrenal depletion and conditions that exhibit fatigue like chronic exhaustion, anaemia, debility after an illness, night sweats and cough. It is an active ingredient in the tonic that is given to a patient who is recovering from any illness or an injury or after giving birth.
It extensively helps the patient in regaining their strength; it improves their appetite and does the important work of protecting the body from any infections.
6 Improves liver function, fights pathogens and kills cancer cells
Many studies have proved that Cordyceps helps in improving liver function. One study showed that more than 20 patients who suffered from post hepatic cirrhosis saw an improvement in their condition after consuming 6-9 grams of Cordyceps daily for a period of 3 months.
Cordyceps also helps the body fight off fungi, bacteria and viruses. Also the major component of cordyceps, “cordycepin” is supposed to have the ability to inhibit DNA synthesis in cancerous cells. This means that it can constrain tumor growth while accelerating death of cancerous cells.
Isn’t it really a wonder herb?