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Chinese Caterpillar Fungus


Chinese Name Dongchongxiacao
Latin Cordyceps
English Name Chinese Caterpillar Fungus
Key Characteristics Herb that tonifies yang

A composite consisting of the stroma of the fungus, Cordyceps sinensis (Beik.) Sacc. (Fam. Hypocreaceae), parasitized on the larva of some species of insects (Fam. Helpialidae), and the dead caterpillar

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Sweet, neutral; Lung, Kidney

Actions To tonify the lung and kidney, arrest bleeding, and resolve phlegm

Chronic cough and asthma, hemoptysis in pulmonary TB, importence and seminal emission with aching in the lower back and knees, in addition, used for chronic renal failure, chronic bronchitis, obstructive emphysema, cancer and pulmonary TB


Use with caution in those with the exterior syndrome.

Chemical Composition

It contains amino acids, fat, carbohydrates, etc.


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