Биология - Применение грибов в медицине - Cordyceps

09 февраля 2011

1. Применение грибов в медицине
2. Исследования грибов на основе сведений народной медицины
3. Research findings
4. Hericium erinaceus
5. Inonotus obliquus
6. Piptoporus betulinus
7. Cordyceps

Weighing the «Caterpillar fungus» in Qinghai, China, July 2009.

The cordyceps mushroom is a parasitic fungus which grows out of insects it has infected. The mushroom has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine as well as traditional Tibetan medicine. In Tibet Cordyceps is a cash crop with an ever increasing value. During the Nepalese Civil War fractions fought for control of the Cordyceps trade. According to Chinese medicine, the mushroom is beneficial for health, endurance, and is considered an aphrodisiac. The mushroom’s name in Chinese is dong chong xia cao.

The popularity of this fungus caught the world’s attention due to three female Chinese athletes, Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia, and Zhang Linli who set 5 new world records for 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meters in 1993 at the National Games in Beijing, China. The amount of new world records being set at a single track event caused much attention. Following the races, the woman were expected by some, to fail drug tests for anabolic steroids. However, the athletes tests revealed no illegal substances, and coach Ma Junren told reporters the secret was that the runners were taking Cordyceps at his request.

Modern research has indicated the mushroom has

  • Hypoglycemic activity
  • Cellular health properties
  • Possible anti-depressent activity


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