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Cordyceps Sinensis

Dong Cong Xia Cao

Tung Chung Shia Chao


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Cordyceps Sinensis, a rare fungus found only in the high mountain peaks in China. Because the fruiting body of the fungus emerges from the head of the larva in the summertime and resembles a grass sprout, this medicine’s Chinese name means roughly “winter-insect, summer grass.” This ancient Chinese herb is mainly used to benefit the lungs, kidneys and liver. Those who suffer from chronic asthma, cough, allergies, bronchitis as well as low immunity, hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, abnormal blood pressure, toxins in liver and kidneys will greatly benefit from this amazing natural Chinese herb.

Cordyceps Sinensis 
Tung Chung Shia Chao

90 Capsules  $41.00
$39.00 each for 2 or more

Practitioners of  Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that Cordyceps Sinensis, having a sweetish taste and a warm character; enters through the kidney and lung channels enhancing lung functioning, bolstering the kidneys’ yang energy, increasing essence, relieving coughing, and lessening sputum. Chemical analysis has revealed that Cordyceps Sinensis contains protein, fats, vitamin B12, cordycepicacid, and ergosterol. Clinically it is used to benefit those with weakness of kidneys and lungs, poor vitality, impotence, spermatorrhea, asthma, aching back and knees, and general debility caused by long-term illness.

Cordyceps Sinensis can also be taken for coughing blood or bloody sputum that maybe caused by tuberculosis, coughing and difficult breathing, and cold or sudden sweating. Modern medical research has revealed that the codycepicacid in Cordyceps Sinensis can relax the bronchia and strengthen the adrenal glands. It is recorded in the “Historical Annals of Szechuan” that Cordyceps Sinensis is classified as a warm tonic agent, and is highly effective at replenishing the essence and strengthening the body.  

In recent years, medical researchers have conducted many studies of Cordyceps Sinensis, and some new discoveries have further expanded its scope as a curative agent.

Everyone knows that kanamycin and gentamicin are commonly-used antibiotics that have a wide range of clinical application. However, their fatal weakness is that they have toxic side effects to the kidneys. In severe cases, acute kidney failure can lead to death. Therefore, these antibiotics are termed “renal toxic antibiotics.” Last year, the prominent kidney specialist, Professor Li Shuo-shin, discovered that Cordyceps Sinensis can prevent the kidney damage caused by antibiotics and other drugs without blocking their antibiotic effect. This result provides a new safeguard measure to accompany the use of renal toxic antibiotics.  

Hepatitis B is a grave threat to human health. It is estimated that 10% of the population in China is infected with hepatitis B, which implies that over 100 million people are either suffering from hepatitis B or carry the hepatitis B virus. At present, Western and Chinese medicine offer several dozen methods of treating hepatitis B, but no one method is satisfactorily effective. Even very costly interferons can deliver effectiveness no greater than 25-50%, and do little to prevent recurrence. Under the guidance of professor Xiao Sudong, graduate student Wang Changcheng of the Shanghai Research Institute for Digestive Disorders performed research on hepatitis B viruses carrying surface molecules from peripheral blood lymphocytes, and the effect of Cordyceps Sinensis on hepatitis B viruses carrying surface molecules from peripheral blood lymphocytes, and the effect of lipopolysaccharides contained in Cordyceps Sinensis on the cellular immune function of patients with chronic hepatitis B. The results of this research proves that Cordyceps Sinensis is able to enhance the cellular immune function and that lipopolysaccharides contained in Cordyceps Sinensis are even more effective in this regard. Because these lipopolysaccharides are able to affect greater than 53.5% of the negative conversion of HBeAg, 68.4% of the short-term negative conversion of hepatic B DNA, they may be able to replace interferons as a hepatitis B treatment.  


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