Cordyceps sinensis - A Chinese Sexual Potentiator
by: Dr. Markho Rafael
Aphrodisiacs and sexual potentiators have been all the rage since Viagra was introduced
in 1998, and believers in natural remedies have been looking for herbal alternatives. The
traditional Chinese 'herb' of choice for this purpose is called Cordyceps sinensis.
Naturally occurring only at high altitudes in Tibet and China, Cordyceps sinensis
has none-the-less been collected as a medicinal mushroom since time immemorial. With our
modern-day globalization of trade and information, this minute fungus from remote mountain
areas of China is now miraculously becoming popular also in the West.
For nearly two millennia, Chinese doctors have dispensed Cordyceps extract for
physical stamina and sexual prowess. Preserved written records date back as far 200 A.D.,
when it was described in the book "The Classic Herbal of the Divine Plowman.
In its natural environment, Cordyceps sinensis infects caterpillars and then
sprouts out of their dead carcasses. While that certainly doesn't sound very appetizing,
modern advances allow potent strains of Cordyceps sinensis to be grown on a rice
medium. Cordyceps extract produced in this way has been shown to contain the same
medicinal compounds as the wild harvested fungi, with the added advantage of being free
from contamination by other species of fungi or bacteria.
A Chinese study on Cordyceps sinensis, predating the 1998 release of Viagra by 13
years, found a 64% improvement in men with sexual dysfunction when they consumed 1 g of Cordyceps
per day. 
Three possible factors may help explain why Cordyceps could have an effect on
- At least three studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis helps improve
physical stamina and prowess in general. [2,3,4] In the early 1990's, nine Chinese women
broke world records when the Chinese National Games were held. When interviewed about
their success, they unanimously gave credit to their use of Cordyceps extract.
- Cordyceps sinensis helps dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow [7,8],
which is certainly an important factor in erectile function.
- Thirdly and perhaps most important of all is that two studies have shown Cordyceps
sinensis to "significantly increase" the production of testosterone in
Note: Always consult a licensed health care provider before using any herb for
medicinal purposes. This article is solely intended as a source of information and does
not prescribe or advice the use of any substance mentioned herein.
About the author: Dr. Rafael works in the natural health field since the mid-90's, as a researcher and author specializing in medicinal mushrooms. Click Cordyceps sinensis extract for mycomedicinals and more free articles, or to request a unique version of this article for your own web-site or publication. Cordyceps Article References A special thank you to Paul Stamets for reference material!
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