Cordyceps sinensis

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Historical Use of Cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps sinensis in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Dongchongcao ¶¬³æ²Ý Chinese Name (pinyin): Dongchongxiacao

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Cordyceps

Specific Name  : Cordyceps

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Collection  : The drug is collected early summer while the stromata have comne out of the ground but the spores have not ejected, partially dried in the sun, removed from the attached fibrous matter and other impurities and dried in the sun or at a low temperature.

Description  : a dead caterpillar jointed with a stromata, growing in the head of the larva. The caterpillar resembling a silk-worm, 3-5cm long, 3-8mm in diameter, externally deep yellow to yellowis-brown with 20-30 annulations, some of those near the head relatively fine, head reddish brown, feet 8 pairs, the 4 pairs in the middle relativelyconspitious, texture fragile, easily broken fracture slightly even, yellowish-white. Stromata slenderly cylindrical, 45-7cm long, about 3 mm in diameter, externally deep brown to brown with fine longitudinal wrinkles, slightly swollen above. Texture flexible, fracture whitish, odour fleshly, and taste slightly bitter.

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Action  : To tonify the lung and the kidney, arrest bleeding, and dispel phlegm.

Indication  : chronic cough and asthma; hemoptysis in phtisis; impotence and seminal emissions with aching loins and knees

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Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a cool and dry place, protected from moth.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yeong-Hsiang Cheng, Yi-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang Yu
J Poult Sci: 2019, 56(2);128-139
[PubMed:32055207] [] [DOI] (I p)

Kanokwadee Sirithep, Fei Xiao, Nachon Raethong, Yuhan Zhang, Kobkul Laoteng, Guang Hu, Wanwipa Vongsangnak
Cells: 2020, 9(2);
[PubMed:32050592] [] [DOI] (I e)

Ya Zheng, Lan Li, Tiantian Cai
Cordyceps polysaccharide ameliorates airway inflammation in an ovalbumin-induced mouse model of asthma via TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway.
Respir Physiol Neurobiol: 2020;103412
[PubMed:32044448] [] [DOI] (I a)

Sixue Bi, Weijuan Huang, Shan Chen, Chunhua Huang, Chunlei Li, Zhongyi Guo, Jianing Yang, Jianhua Zhu, Liyan Song, Rongmin Yu
Cordyceps militaris polysaccharide converts immunosuppressive macrophages into M1-like phenotype and activates T lymphocytes by inhibiting the PD-L1/PD-1 axis between TAMs and T lymphocytes.
Int. J. Biol. Macromol.: 2020, 150;261-280
[PubMed:32044366] [] [DOI] (I a)

Long-Qing Li, Ang-Xin Song, Jun-Yi Yin, Ka-Chai Siu, Wing-Tak Wong, Jian-Yong Wu
Anti-inflammation activity of exopolysaccharides produced by a medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis Cs-HK1 in cell and animal models.
Int. J. Biol. Macromol.: 2020, 149;1042-1050
[PubMed:32035153] [] [DOI] (I a)



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