Known as "Summer-Grass", or "Winter-Worm" in English. There are many Chinese legends and myths about the characteristics and power of the Cordyceps sinensis as a rare and exotic medicinal mushroom known in China for centuries.
The best-known species of the genus Cordyceps sinensis was first-recorded as yartsa gunbu in Nyamnyi Dorje's 15th century Tibetan text "An ocean of Aphrodisiacal Qualities in Nepali."
Cordycep's benefits were initially observed by the first people when they first spotted animals feasting on the wild fungus and growing strong in the process. Two thousand years ago, in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet, local herdsman used the fungi powder with a non-centrifugal cane sugar to increase the milk production and improve reproductive capacity and vitality in their cattle. Used for thousands of years by being ground into a powder or mixed.
C. sinensis vs C. militaris
Authentic Cordyceps sinensis, known as the caterpillar fungus found on the highest parts of the mountains in rare world areas, but mostly in the Himalayas in China on the backs of caterpillars is actually the most expensive mushroom in the world; upwards of $40,000/Kg. With such a price tag there is absolutely no way authentic cordyceps sinensis could be used in an affordable supplement product.
Anything produced in the U.S. is mycelium on grain. Cordyceps mycelium grows very slowly leaving the final product very high in starch.
A recent breakthrough is a method for the cultivation of Cordyceps militaris fruiting bodies, is cultivated on a highly nutritious substrate, indoors in climate controlled grow rooms.
This has resulted in the availability of Cordyceps fruiting bodies in reliable quantities for the very first time. Research on Cordyceps militaris has demonstrated that the medicinal properties are similar to Cordycpes sinensis. Cordyceps can now be organically certified cultivated form rather than a mycelium based product, but best of all, the price is affordable.