Cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) is a kind of precious traditional herb in China. However, they are not insects nor grass. Instead, they are a kind of fungi namely Cordyceps Sinensis in the family of Clavicipitaceae. They parasitize the larvae of Hepialidae moths and is a rare combination of caterpillar and fungus. They are mainly found in the region of Tibet, Sichuan, Qinghai, Guizhou, Gansu and Yunnan.
Cordyceps are sweet in flavor and neutral in energy and are effective in regulating body functions, nourishing lungs and invigorating kidneys, relieving cough and reducing sputum, preventing cancer and are anti-aging. More importantly, the medicinal property of Cordyceps is gentle.
Cordyceps are rich in active substances including proteins, amino acids, polysaccharides, cordycepin, cordyceps acid, ergosterol, adenosine, superoxide dismutase, vitamin A, B1, B2, E and micronutrients.
Cordyceps are effective in suppressing the growth of tumor cells. Moreover, Cordyceps can improve liver functions, reduce the damage of toxins to liver, prevent liver fibrosis, enhance immunity against viruses through regulating immune system, as well as prevent viral hepatitis. Cordyceps can also strengthen respiratory system, dilate bronchus, suppress asthma and at the same time effectively enhance kidney functions and reduce the damage of chronic kidney diseases and toxic substances to kidneys.
Benefits to Cats and Dogs
According to various animal experiments, Cordyceps are effective in enhancing cardiac functions, increasing the vital capacity of lungs and promoting the synthesis of DNA and protein. Its benefits of improving the health conditions of senior cats and dogs, enhancing cardiopulmonary functions and oxygen carrying capacity of body, resuming pets’ vitality and improving sleep quality are especially remarkable.