Empowered Cordyceps *100% Certified Organic
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This Empowered Cordyceps Formula is a combination of 3 forms of Cordyceps sinensis; an alcohol-precipitate extract, a full-spectrum powder of the research strain CS4, and full-spectrum powder of hybrid Cordyceps mycelium, creating a well-rounded formula; high in polysaccharides and easy to absorb.
If an award were given to the strangest medicinal substance in the world, the winner no doubt would be Cordyceps sinensis, dong chong xia cao (“winter worm, summer grass”). What can one say about a fungus that grows out of the head of a subterranean caterpillar? It sounds like a science fiction story. As strange as that all appears, stranger still is how significant Cordyceps is as a medicinal substance.
First written about in the Tang Dynasty, but likely used for a much longer period of time, this mushroom occupies an elevated position in Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese cuisine—so much so that wild-harvested Cordyceps is worth much more gram for gram than gold! Entire communities in Nepal, Tibet, and parts of China depend on the income from the sale of wild-harvested Cordyceps. As one can imagine with that much money at stake, overharvesting in remote regions is a tremendous problem and threatens the long-term survival of the fungus in the wild. In 1972 Chinese scientists successfully isolated and were able to grow out four strains of Cordyceps. In truth they were not “true” Cordyceps but rather anamorphs, related species.
The fourth of these strains, thus called CS-4, proved commercially viable. Over a period of years the Chinese government sponsored many clinical trials with this fungus, and finally in 1988 it was approved as an official medicine. They called it Jin Shui Bao. Many of the Chinese studies conducted in this period and afterwards can be found in a book by an Australian MD, Georges M. Halpern, Cordyceps, China’s Healing Mushroom.
Cordyceps burst on to the sports scene in August 1993 when the Chinese women’s track team broke world records in the 10,000, 3,000, and 1,500-meter races in Germany. Drugs were suspected, but no evidence of doping could be found. Instead the Chinese coach insisted that the explanation, beyond the obvious talent of the runners, lay in the Cordyceps they consumed regularly. Overnight serious and “arm-chair” athletes around the globe wanted to add Cordyceps to their training regimens. The price for this fragile and precious substance exploded and the gold rush was on.
How is Cordyceps best used and for which conditions is it appropriate? Traditionally Cordyceps has a number of important uses that make it invaluable in the modern world. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 7.4% of American adults and 8.6% of American children suffer from asthma, totaling 24 million people. This debilitating condition is a virtual epidemic. Each day ten Americans die from asthma. Since the early 1980s, the incidents of asthma in the US African American population are at a much higher rate than any other group. As it turns out, if we follow traditional indications, Cordyceps is one of the best substances these asthmatics can include in their diet. Since we are dealing in many instances with children, it is important to note how safe Cordyceps is to consume. It is best thought of as a food; indeed fine Chinese restaurants might well have various Cordyceps soups on their menu. It can be given to even very young children. Lab and clinical studies utilizing enormous doses for extended periods yield no adverse effects. And its long history of traditional use also supports its safety profile.
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