Cordyceps Militaris

Common Names: Cordyceps, Caterpillar fungus, Dong Chong Xia Cao









Cordyceps militaris is a fascinating mushroom species with a rich history in traditional medicine. It is known for its unique growth pattern, where it parasitizes insects and develops elongated fruiting bodies. Cordyceps militaris is highly valued for its potential nootropic properties, believed to support cognitive function and mental performance. It is often associated with increased focus, mental clarity, and improved memory. This mushroom is also appreciated for its potential adaptogenic properties, which may help the body cope with stress and promote overall well-being. As with any natural supplement, it is important to consult with experts and ensure the quality and safety of the product before incorporating it into your routine.

Physical Characteristics


Small and elongated, club-shaped



Choosing the Right Products

If it says C. Sinensis, it should be avoided!:

Cordyceps sinensis is only found in the Tibet as it cannot be cultivated reliably. As such, it commands an impressive price. Anything found online with a reasonable price marked C. Sinensis is almost guaranteed to be fake and should be avoided.

Cognitive Effects


Cordyceps is believed to enhance energy levels by improving cellular energy production and increasing oxygen utilization. It may help combat fatigue and improve stamina, making it popular among athletes and individuals seeking a natural energy boost.


Studies have shown that Cordyceps may have positive effects on mood and emotional well-being. It is believed to support a healthy stress response and may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Psychoactive Effects


Induces feelings of happiness or excitement


Changes in time perception, spatial perception, and perception of one's own body


Cordyceps affects the body's production of the hormone testosterone according to some studies, which might explain its reputation for increasing sexual desire and physical endurance.

Helps With


Helps in reducing feelings of tiredness and lethargy

High Cholesterol

Aids in lowering levels of bad cholesterol in the body


Cordyceps has adaptogenic properties, meaning it may help the body adapt to and resist the effects of stress. It is believed to support the adrenal glands, which play a role in regulating stress responses, and promote a sense of calm and overall well-being.

Heart Health

Cordyceps is believed to support respiratory health and may help alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.


Cordyceps has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation in the body. It is believed to support the immune system and promote overall health and well-being.

Injury Recovery

Cordyceps is believed to support the immune system and promote overall health and well-being.


Cordyceps is believed to support the immune system and promote overall health and well-being.


Cordyceps have been found to have anti-diabetic activity due to their polysaccharides and terpenoids.

Oxidative Stress

Cordyceps may help reduce oxidative stress and protect against free radical damage. It is believed to support the immune system and promote overall health and well-being.


Cordyceps may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of arthritis. It is believed to support the immune system and promote overall health and well-being.


Used for centuries to improve fertility in both men and women. It has been associated with increasing levels of progesterone in women


The benefits of Cordyceps militaris on endurance are believed to stem from its ability to increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles during physical activity. This increased ATP production helps improve stamina and delay fatigue, allowing for enhanced performance during prolonged physical exertion.

Potential Side Effects

Upset stomach

Overconsumption can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort

Dry mouth

Can cause a sensation of dryness in the mouth

Medicinal Chemistry

Look Alike Species

look alike species


Cordyceps ophioglossoides



Differences:Cordyceps ophioglossoides has a more elongated, slender fruiting body compared to the stout, club-like shape of Cordyceps militaris.

Nutrition Facts (Dried)

Serving Size 100 g
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8 g10%
Saturated Fat 0.8 g4%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 200 mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 45 g16%
Dietary Fiber 7 g25%
Total Sugars 10 g
Protein 25 g50%
Vit A 20 µg 2%B1 0.4 mg 33%
B2 1.7 mg 131%B3 6.3 mg 39%
B6 0.3 mg 18%B9 0 µg 0%
B12 0 mg 0%Vit C 0 mg 0%
Vit D 0.22 µg 1%Vit E 0 mg 0%
Vit K 0 µg 0%Calcium 150 mg 12%
Copper 0 mg 0%Iron 9 mg 50%
Mg 0 mg 0%Mn 0 mg 0%
Phosph. 0 mg 0%Pot. 1110 mg 24%
Selenium 0 µg 0%Zinc 7.6 mg 69%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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