People have China and Tibet travel if they know something about Chinese culture they will find
that the Chinese medicine system is quite different from the western one. In traditional Chinese
medicine system, there are lots of medicinal materials come from the nature. Today we will talk
about a kind of precious medicinal material called Cordycepssinensis.
Mainly produced in the upstream of Sanjiang River (Jinsha River, Lancang River,Nu River)basin,
Cordyceps live in the area of which from Liangshan Mountain, the east of Sichuan Provence to
Burang Country, the west of Tibet Autonomous Region and from Minshan Mountain, the north of
Gansu Provence to the Himalayas and the Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan Provence. Tibetan
Cordyceps yield almost occupies the 40% of total yield in China.
Chinese caterpillar fungus is fungus which is a special kind of insect and fungi symbiotic
organisms. In summer on the mountains with elevation of 3800 meters, the bat moth larvae have
infected Chinese caterpillar fungus will gradually creep to die deep in 2 or 3 cm with head down
and tail up, which is called "the insect in the winter". Though the insect died but the Chinese
caterpillar fungus will grow full to fill all the insect body. When next new summer starts a purple
grass will start out from the head of insect with a height of two to five centimeters which top has
pineapple shaped capsule shell and that is so called" the grass in summer" in which time has the
most full development and highest effective ingredients. So summer is the best pick season for
It is said that the Tibetan Cordyceps look bright and oil smell a strong butter flavor. Cordycepin
can significantly enhance red blood cell adhesion ability of tumor cells, inhibition of tumor growth
and metastasis and significantly improve the number of white blood cell and platelet. It can also
rapidly improved the nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, insomnia and other symptoms of hair loss
caused by after putting in a chemotherapy.
When you have your Tibet travel especially trough Tibetan Railway, you may meet some place or
some Tibetans selling Cordyceps for you. But if you want to by the authentic one, it's better to go
to normal pharmacy in local area.