Even though it looks like a caterpillar, it is actually a fungus with some of the strongest cancer-fighting abilities. But that’s not all it can do. Just try it out and see the results!
What exactly is caterpillar fungus? It is a parasitic fungus found in the Chinese and Tibetan mountains, especially in the areas above 3500 meters/11 500 feet above sea level. It flourishes on the sunny sides of mountain slopes, and people have been using it for over 5000 years for its healing properties. The caterpillar fungus is truly unique in contrast to its fingal counterparts.
While most other fungi also have anti-carcinogenic effects, they are nothing other than plant products. The caterpillar fungus, however, is half-mushroom/half-larva. During winter it survives in the ground only as mycelium, and with the coming summer it turns into a mushroom. As it matures, it produces spores which spread on caterpillars, spiders, and other insects, and then it progressively fills the insect’s whole body. As the spores multiply in the insect’s body, the insect dies.
Moreover, the fungus transforms the body of its victim into strange shapes of mushroom-like tissue growing out of the limbs and chest of the infected insect. With the end of summer, when the vegetative period of the caterpillar fungus ends, the harvest of ripe fruiting bodies begins.
A parasitic Cordyceps contains mainly proteins, fats, amino acids, beta glucans and proteoglycans, vitamins B1, B2, B12, D2, E and K, natural mannitol 7%, cordycepin-adenosine 0.2%, minerals like potassium, magnesium, boron, iodine, and zinc, and about 80 enzymes, including vital coenzyme Q10. The quality of mushrooms, however, is determined by the proportion of polysaccharides (minimum 30%) and the method of processing.
The caterpillar fungus is often compared to the reishi mushroom and ginseng. It rejuvenates the body and functions as an “elixir of youth.” It is used in Chinese medicine where Western medicine uses its strongest drugs: it is used to treat cancer, or to replace corticoids.
However, the caterpillar fungus does it with no side effects and with the possibility of long-term usage. It is also traditionally recommended for harmonizing the liver and the kidneys and for its strong aphrodisiacal properties.
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