what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research
of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the
University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps.
suggests that Cordyceps may improve the BIO ENERGY status of animals and
probably in humans. This would happen because Cordyceps improves the
internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilization of OXYGEN more
efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical
enhancement, the added endurance, and the anti-fatigue effects which are
seen in humans using the Cordyceps supplement.
1. Cordyceps Improves the Respiratory Function
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of
Cordyceps sinensis in alleviating the symptoms of several
respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis and asthma (Reference
2, Chapter “Effects on the Respiratory System”, pages 429-432). In a
double blind, placebo controlled study with 30 elderly volunteers
Cordyceps significantly improved the maximum amount of oxygen these
people were able to assimilate (Reference 4).
2..Cordyceps increases cellular Oxygen Absorption by up to 40%
(Lou Y, Liao X, Lu Y. Cardiovascular pharmacological studies of ethanol
extracts of Cordyceps mycelia and Cordyceps fermentation solution.
Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs 1986;17(5):17-21,209-213) Chronic
obstructive pulmonary diseases improvement of 40% after Cordyceps
supplement. (Wang WQ. J. Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5
3. Cordyceps Improves the Functioning of the Heart
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps
sinensis on heart rhythm disturbances, such as cardiac arrhythmias
and chronic heart failure (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the
Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
more vigorous study was conducted using “in vivo” mouse model induced
acute Pulmonary Edema (Pneumonia) which causes systemic lack of oxygen,
acidic body, and death. Research results show that animals taking
Cordyceps had a significantly greater survival rate of 20% mortality vs.
80% mortality in 30 minutes. This is a startling 400% improvement. (From
Wan F, Zhang S. Clinical observations of fermented Cordyceps sinensis
(Cs-4) in antitussive, expectorant, and antathematic effects. Collection
on the Basic Medicinal and Clinical Studies of Submerged Culture
Cordyceps sinensis. Beijing, Nanchang, China:Jiangxi TCM/IMM,
4. Cordyceps Helps Maintain Cholesterol
Four excellent studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis
helps to lower total cholesterol by 10 to 21% and triglycerides by 9 to
26%. At the same time it helps to increase HDL-cholesterol (“good
cholesterol”) by 27 to 30% (Reference 1, Chapter “Effects on blood lipid
metabolism and arteriosclerosis”, pages 299 – 301).
Blood Cells – Improves Blood Cell Viability &
Genetic – Promotes DNA Repair
Liver Protection - Improves Liver Functions, helps
with Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Sub chronic and chronic hepatitis on
related liver diseases are more prevalent than most people think.
Liver is the living filter of the human body, cleaning the blood and
all other fluids of impurities. There is no way for you to survive,
much less feel healthy, without a functioning liver.
clinical trials on 33 patients with Hepatitis “B” and on another 8
patients with cirrhosis taking Cordyceps supplement showed 71.9%
improvement on “Thymol Turbidity Test” and 78.6% improvement in” SGPT
Test” both of these are enzyme test showing improving functions of the
liver. (Zhou LT, Yang YZ, Xu YM, Zhu QY, Zhu YR, Ge XY, Gao JD. Short
term curative effect of cultured Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc.
Mycelia in chronic hepatitis B. China J Chinese Materia Medica
5. Chronic kidney diseases improvement
(3) Chronic kidney diseases improvement of 51% after only one month with
Cordyceps supplement.(Jiang JC, Gao YF. J Administration Traditional
Chinese Med 1995;5(suppl):23-24)
6. Cordyceps Reduces Tumor Size in Cancer Patients
Several clinical studies have been conducted in China and Japan with
cancer patients (References 1 and 2). The studies were done with CSE (Cordyceps
sinensis mycelium) using a therapeutic dose of 6 grams per day (= 4
capsules twice daily). In one study with 50 lung cancer patients
administered CSE in conjunction with chemotherapy, tumors reduced in
size in 46% of patients. A study in cancer patients with various types
of tumors found CSE (6 g/day for over 2 months) improved subjective
symptoms in the majority of patients. White blood cell counts were
maintained and tumor size was significantly reduced in about half of the
patients. Researchers in Japan reported that CSE enhances the general
reactivity of the immune system in individuals with cancer. To discover
this, they subcutaneously injected mice with cancerous (lymphoma) cells
and then orally administered CSE. This lead to a reduction of tumor size
and prolongation of the host survival time. CSE also improved the
7. Immune System
Increases NK cell activity, makes more MUSCLE – Increases Power, builds
the Protective Army of NK cells – Your body’s ability to fight
infections and tumors depends on the availability of Natural Killer (NK)
Cells. These are essential first lines of defense for our body’s
protection mechanisms commonly known as the Immune System.
scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on Natural
Killer (NK) cells and Cordyceps effect on them and cancer formation. One
such in-vitro study demonstrated Cordyceps adding significant
enhancement of NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as
leukemia stricken individuals. (Liu C, Lu S, Ji MR, Xie Y. effects of
Cordyceps sinensis on in-vitro natural killer cells.
Integrated Traditional Western Med (Chung-Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa
Chih) 1992;12(5):267-269) showed that natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK
cell activity of normal patients by 74% and increased the NK activity of
leukemia patients by 400% and similar improvements of NK cell activities
was found in big melanoma cancer (Xu RH, Peng XE, Chen GZ, Chen GL.
Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on natural killer activity and
colony formation of B16 melanoma. Chinese Med J 1992;105(2):97-101)
8. Improvements in the Immune System
The improvements in the Immune System were so impressive that Dr. Zhu at
the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1998 stated:
“Because of the above profound influence on immune functions, natural
Cordyceps products have been used in many clinical conditions in
patients with altered immune functions.”
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studies which showed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and
some senility related symptoms reported. (1) Improvements in the
reduction of fatigue 92%, of feeling cold 89%, in dizziness 83%, after
taking Cordyceps for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing
problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft.
(Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)
10. Cordyceps Protects against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis protects against the
damages caused by free radicals, and as such has powerful antioxidant
properties (Reference 1, Chapter “Äntisenescence and Oxygen-Free Radical
11. Cordyceps Reduces Fatigue
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that Cordyceps
sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen
supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked
reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three
grams of Cordyceps daily. In another study, Cordyceps sinensis
improved shortness of breath and reduced fatigue in patients suffering
from chronic heart failure (Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of
physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295).
12. Cordyceps Helps Discomforts from Tired Legs
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improves the
flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood
vessels allowing them to expand. Cordyceps also improves the functioning
of the heart and lungs (see above). Cordyceps therefore prevents or
reduces the contraction of blood vessels which interferes with the flow
of blood vessels in the legs, the main cause of tired legs (Reference 2,
Chapter “Effect on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
13. Endurance & Stamina
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Better Oxygen
Increases ATP Synthesis, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces
Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina.
15. Cordyceps Improves Stamina and Athletic Performance
Several studies with animals have shown that Cordyceps sinensis
increases the cellular energy production and oxygen uptake ( Reference
1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”,
pages 293 – 295). A study with mice demonstrated their improved swimming
capabilities after six weeks of Cordyceps supplementation compared with
a control group (Reference 3, page 260).
16. Cordyceps radically increases cellular energy
Cellular energy, which is also known scientifically as the ATP/IP ratio.
Cordyceps has been clinically proven to increase cellular Bio-Energy by
as much as 55% (Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K.
The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen:
Cordyceps sinensis: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)
17. Cordyceps Combats Sexual Dysfunction
Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with
over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed
remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps-users
reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental
period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind,
placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar
complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the
use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Reference 1).
18. Hormones – Adrenal Thymus, Mitochondrial energy.
Dramatic Natural Improvements are seen in endocrine hormone levels, in
fertility, and in Sexual Libido for men and women.
19. Sexual Function
Improves Libido and Quality of Life in Men & Women, Fights infertility,
Increases Sperm Count, Increases Sperm Survival.
Research on animal studies shows cordyceps increases natural sex
hormones(Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med
(2) Prevention and improvement of adrenal glands and thymus
hormones, and infertile sperm count improve by 300% after cordyceps
supplement.(Huang Y, Lu J, Zhu B, Wen Q, Jia F, Zeng S, Chen T, Li
Y, Xheng G, Yi Z.. Zhongchengyao Yanjiu 1987;(10):24-25)
Human clinical studies involving both men and women of 189 patients
with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms and
desire of 66% (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented
Med 1988;9:29-31) and
Another double blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in
Beijing, China showed a woman improvement of libido and desire at
86%. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative &
Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303)
The most dramatic physical proof came from Fertility Study (Guo YZ.
J Modern Diagnostics Therapeutics 1986;(1):60-65) involving a
clinical research of 22 males showed that cordyceps supplement
increased clear evidence of 33% increase in sperm count, decreased
29% incidence of sperm malformations, and a 79% increase in survival
rate after 8 weeks of cordyceps supplement.
Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to
the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor
emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several
books about Cordyceps. His interest and commitment have resulted in
making available to the Western world the many research studies
conducted by Chinese scientists published in various Chinese
scientific journals. These investigations with Cordyceps
sinensis have been summarized in the following scientific
Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific
Rediscovery of an Ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine: Cordyceps
sinensis. Part I. Journal of Alternative and complementary
Medicine 4(3), pp 289-303.
Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific
Rediscovery of a Precious Ancient Chinese Herbal Regimen:
Cordyceps sinensis. Part II. Journal of Alternative and
complementary Medicine 4(4), pp 429-457.
Mizuno T. (1999): Medicinal effects and utilization of Cordyceps
(Fr.) Link (Ascomycetes) and Isaria Fr. (Mitosporic Fungi) Chinese
Caterpillar Fungi, “Tochukaso” (Review). International Journal of
Medicinal Mushrooms 1 (3), pp 251-261.
Xiao Y., Huang X.Z., Chen G.,Wang M.B., Zhu J.S., Cooper C.B.:
Increased Aerobic Capacity in Healthy Elderly Humans given fermented
Cordyceps Cs-4: a Placebo controlled Trial. Ann. Meeting American
College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, June 3-5, 1999.
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