Aug 17, 2019
Let's see where does this medicinal mushroom come from.
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is one of the most valuable medicinal mushrooms used in Traditional Oriental Medicine, as well as in modern clinical practice.
In China and Japan, Cordyceps mushroom is called "Winter Worm", "Summer Grass" or "Caterpillar Mushroom" for a very good reason. It is a fungus that sprouts out of dead worms or insects.
It grows in the highlands of the Far East on the sunny sides of the mountains in Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Japan in severe conditions of low temperatures and lack of oxygen.
This amazing mushroom can be found in areas over 12,000 feet above sea level.
Tibetan herdsmen first discovered Cordyceps mushroom over a thousand years ago in the high plateaus of that region thinking it was a type of grass. They noticed that when their sheep and yaks grazed on this strange looking "grass" they became stronger and healthier. Later Chinese herbalists began to use Cordyceps mushroom for human ailments. The mushroom was used as a cure-all but was especially thought to be an aphrodisiac and a supplement for healthy male sexual function.
The difficulty in collecting cordyceps made it one of the most expensive mushrooms used in traditional Chinese medicine. In previous centuries it was affordable only to the Imperial family.
Cordyceps mushroom collected in the wild is richer in its properties than the cultivated one, but wild Cordyceps mushroom is usually very expensive reaching prices of over $1000 for just 100 grams. Wild Cordyceps from the Tibet Mountains is regarded to be the most valuable in the world.