Cordyceps sinesis is sometimes known as the Chinese fungus called Cordyceps 冬虫夏草; or Caterpillar Fungus. It can also be considered to be the Yarchagumba Herb which grows in Nepal, in the subalpine pasture areas of that country. It is called Yarchagumba after the parasitic fungus that is valued for its tonic and aphrodisiacal properties in medicine. Some medical practitioners consider the Cordyceps sinesis very good for lessening phlegm, halting hemorrhage (otherwise called profuse bleeding), boosting your vitality and energy levels; and enhancing the resistance of your kidneys and lungs to disorders.
Other medical uses of Cordyceps sinesis is to relieve tinnitus, dizziness, sore knees and loins, emission, impotence, asthma and general shortness of breath.
In some places in Bhutan and the Tibetan Highlands, it is possible to find a wild variety of the Cordyceps sinesis as well.
Why is there renewed attention about the medicinal potential of Cordyceps sinesis? Female Chinese athletes brought on the media spotlight on Cordyceps sinesis because these athletes broke so many world records in athletics while they were consuming this substance. According to the New York Journal of Medicine, Cordyceps sinesis is believed to be just as potent as Ginseng in treating people who were extremely exhausted or suffered from a protracted illness.
Since the Cordyceps sinesis is a fungus, it can be gathered from the bodies of dead caterpillars that belong to the Hepilus fabricius moth species. It is believed the fungus starts growing on live caterpillars but then grows so fast and so expansively in the body of the caterpillar that the caterpillar eventually dies.