Cordyceps Sinensis

Common Names: Caterpillar Fungus, Yartsa Gunbu









Cordyceps sinensis, also known as the "caterpillar fungus," is a unique species of parasitic fungi that grows naturally in the mountainous regions of Tibet, Nepal, and China. It is renowned for its distinctive appearance and diverse array of bioactive compounds, which have earned it a revered status in traditional Chinese medicine and beyond. Numerous studies have highlighted the potential health benefits of Cordyceps sinensis, ranging from immune support and energy enhancement to anti-aging properties and respiratory health. Its adaptogenic qualities make it particularly valuable in promoting overall well-being and resilience in the face of stressors. Cordyceps sinensis is prized for its versatility and can be consumed in various forms, including capsules, extracts, teas, and tinctures. It is commonly used to support athletic performance, boost vitality, and address various health concerns, making it a popular choice among wellness enthusiasts worldwide.

Physical Characteristics


Small, elongated, orange-brown



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 to boost energy and reduce fatigue.

Immune System

Supports immune system function.


May help to improve libido.

Oxidative Stress

May help to reduce oxidative stress.

Injury Recovery

May help to improve injury recovery.


May help to improve blood sugar control.


May help to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of arthritis.


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

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.


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