Cordyceps (Cordyceps Sinensis) has been known to have its presence as a super food in traditional Chinese medicine more than 5,000 years ago. It is one of the world’s oldest and well-known “super foods” as well as one of the most effective medicinal mushrooms. Cordyceps Sinensis is classified as a positive health benefit promoting ascomycete fungi. Other names for Cordyceps include semitake, yarsha gumba, hsai ts-ao tung ch-ung and dong chong xia cao - the many names for a classic and Asian household staple.
There are 400 species of Cordyceps, most of which are native to Bhutan, China, Korea, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. The most well-known medicinal species is Cordyceps Sinensis (now known officially as Ophiocordyceps Sinensis). The mushroom has a long, finger-like body and is usually brown or a mix of brown and orange in colour.
Research shows that Cordyceps mushrooms can act as mild stimulants which can increase energy, boost immunity against viral infections, as well as assist the treatment of fatigue and stress.