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Cordyceps [Feb. 27th, 2008|08:39 am]
Nootropics: Cognition & Mood Enhancement


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Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. It is said to be able to increase the "primary motive force for life activities." Because it contains both Yin and Yang it can be used by anyone safely and over a long period of time. It replenishes Yin Jing, restoring the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion, adapting to stress or from aging. Cordyceps is thus one of the primary herbal substances used in tonic herbalism as an anti-aging agent and for the purposes of rejuvenation.

Cordyceps is very widely used for the purposes of strengthening the primal Kidney functions, which include sexual functions, brain power, structural integrity and healing ability. It is a very powerful Yang tonic. As a sexual tonic, Cordyceps is considered to be one of the best. It is not as quick acting as the best of the Yang tonics like Deer Antler, Epimedium and Sea Dragon, but it has a profound long range strengthening capacity. It is commonly used for impotence, sexual malaise, frigidity and infertility.

Consistent use of Cordyceps helps to strengthen the skeletal structure, and specifically benefits the lower back region, the knees and ankles. It is used for backache due to injury, fatigue, stress or simple aging.

Cordyceps is also a major Lung tonic. It can be used to strengthen respiratory power in those who require extra energy in order to perform physical work (e.g. labor, sports or exercise) or it can be used by those who suffer from deficiency of Lung power. It is especially beneficial to those who suffer chronic Lung weakness with cough, wheezing or shortness of breath.

Cordyceps is considered in Asia to be a powerful athlete’s tonic. It has no steroidal constituents, but greatly improves performance and muscle building capability.

Cordyceps is highly regarded in China as a tonic for those who are recovering from an illness or an operation, or after giving birth. In these cases, the Cordyceps helps the patient recover their physical power, to improve their appetite, and to protect the body from infection.

Many studies now indicate that Cordyceps can help the body resist a wide range of pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Cordyceps is used in Asia to help treat fungus and yeast infections, and intensive research is being conducted at dozens of institutions in China and Japan relating to the potential of Cordyceps to treat certain varieties of cancer.

Cordyceps gives a natural feeling energy boost - it has been shown to increase cellular absorbtion of oxygen by up to 40%!!

[User Picture]From: nyuanshin
2008-02-27 11:47 pm (UTC)
Citations to studies?
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[User Picture]From: mysticalpsion
2008-02-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'll take a stab at it if you guys don't mind...

"Growth inhibitors against tumor cells in Cordyceps sinensis other than cordycepin and polysaccharides."
Cordyceps sinensis is a parasitic fungus that has been used as a Chinese medicine for a long time. In the present study, inhibitory effects of crude methanolic extracts of C. sinensis fruiting bodies on various tumor cell lines [K562, Vero, Wish, Calu-1, and Raji tumor cell lines] were demonstrated... The polarities of these two fractions indicated that they were different from that of cordycepin. Therefore, it is suggested that tumor cell growth inhibitors, other than cordycepin and polysaccharides, are contained in C. sinensis.

These two research articles talk about it's effects on:
Part I: "These studies show the main activities of the fungus in oxygen-free radical scavenging, antisenescence, endocrine, hypolipidemic, antiatherosclerotic, and sexual function-restorative activities."

Part II: "... concludes the series with a review of C. sinensis in preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies, and open-label and double-blinded clinical trials on the respiratory, renal, hepatic, cardiovascular, immunologic, and nervous systems, and its effects on cancer, glucose metabolism, inflammatory conditions, and toxicological studies."

The problem with these two articles, however, is their lack of availability as far as the full article free (though you're probably able to buy them), but if you're willing to do a search of them i'm sure it'll come up somewhere

As far as the energy boost and the athletic endurance (objectively), research shows otherwise:
"It is purported that supplementation with Cordyceps Sinensis (CordyMax Cs-4) will improve oxidative capacity and endurance performance. The intent of this investigation was to examine the effects of CordyMax Cs-4 supplementation on VO<(2peak,) ventilatory threshold, and endurance performance in endurance-trained cyclists. Twenty-two male cyclists participated in 5 weeks of supplementation with CordyMax Cs-4 tablets (3 g/d)... Time trial measurements did not differ between groups, nor did they change in response to supplementation. It is concluded that 5 weeks of CordyMax Cs-4 supplementation has no effect on aerobic capacity or endurance exercise performance in endurance-trained male cyclists."

Regardless of these research, the practice of alternative remedies without research, and regardless of their findings, I'm sure happens in areas were the public is more oriented towards traditional remedies rather than the western modern techniques, it's a matter of preference. A little of both would be better in my opinion.

I wouldn't trust a method just because its practice is widespread, look at our past in the medical sector: Drilling holes in heads to exorcise the demons, leeching, and even some of the modern western methods are lacking any wisdom other than how to get into your pockets. Shrugs that's my opinion.

Still, an excellent article, kudos. Cordyceps looks pretty interesting and i might give it a try later from New Chapters.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-07-11 01:52 am (UTC)

Not really citations available which are free - but citations are available

There are around 4000+ studies on this cordyceps since the 1970's brother!

Its everybit as encouraging and fantastic as it sounds. I've taken it for sometime now and seem to notice differences in effect but just depends on where you get them.

As for CS4 - thats just an extract buddy - dont rely on taking just a concentrated singular EXTRACT and think it'll solve everything...

Anyway I learnt alot from http://www.cordyceps4you.co.uk/cordyceps-sinensis.pdf - this pdf gave alot of info about the effects of cordyceps sinensis and its healing and regenerative abilities.

that short list DOES NOT give it justice or credit for what it is able to improve and do for your health!

Check it out - and PAY for the good information that is out there, dont be afraid and so freaking cheapskate. If you are going to eat or test it, then get PROPER research, Google by itself does not count but Google Scholar is quite good.... but be prepared to pay for info as it seperates Wheat from the mighty truckloads of chaff that are around!

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From: (Anonymous)
2009-07-11 02:03 am (UTC)

Re: Not really citations available which are free - but citations are available

Just coming back to give the right address - if you want to get Cordyceps Sinensis information (http://www.cordyceps4you.co.uk/cordyceps-sinensis.pdf) then you can goto www.cordyceps4you.co.uk and paste it into your browser. www.cordyceps4you.co.uk (http://www.cordyceps4you.co.uk) is the place for some information - I do think you should visit as they have a good video on mushrooms!

Not sure how to make it easier for you guys but I hope this works for you and also brings some relief and health benefits! I know it did for me and its not killed any person in the last 1000 years - its the worlds most effective immunomodulator after all!
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