Cordyceps Historical Facts

Cordyceps sinensis was referred to as Bhu-Sanjivani in the old Ayurvedic literature of Atreus Samhit and Charak Samhit, which were written about 3,000 years ago.

BHU - existence. Name of the Earth Goddess.

SANJIVANI - a grass that can bring the dead to life, brought from the Himalayas by Hanuman to save Lakshman, the brother of Rama.

In Hindu mythology, Sanjivani is a magical herb that has the ability to treat serious diseases. It was believed that it can help even people with death. The grass is mentioned in the Ramayana when the son of Ravana Indrajit throws a powerful weapon at Lakshmana and severely injures him. Hanuman was called upon to pick up this grass from Mount Dronagiri in the Himalayas. Reaching Dronagiri, Hanuman was unable to identify the grass and brought a mountain to the battlefield to save Lakshmana.


The world learned about cordyceps at the end of the 20th century, before that 90% of the annual harvest of la Dong Chun Xia Cao ’ prosperous Chinese used to improve their health & laquo; Divine gift & raquo ;. Only by 1993 did people in other countries appreciate the magical properties of cordyceps.

The historical fact today is the victory of the Chinese women's athletics team. Athletes manage to win unexpectedly for all gold medals in the 10,000 meters race, and break 9 world records. Then the same team wins in 1994 in Rome and sets another 5 world records. Then the secret of victory & ndash; special diet, which included a Chinese mushroom plant.

The tonic properties of cordyceps did not leave indifferent American and European scientists, and as a result of serious research, they came to the conclusion that a diet using cordyceps restores health, gives strength, and has many advantages unlike synthetic steroids or anabolics.

Discovery of cordyceps.

In China, they attach great importance to the unique form of beneficial coexistence of nature and the animal world. There is one wonderful ancient legend, which tells how one shepherd, grazing imperial cattle, noticed that animals become alert and energetic after eating grass in a certain area of ​​the highlands. Interested in, and exploring the area, he was surprised that he had discovered hitherto unprecedented mushrooms. They grew from cocoons of caterpillars.

Having taken some mushrooms with him, the shepherd cooked soup from them, and, having lunch, felt a surge of strength, as if youth had returned to him. His joy knew no bounds, and he shared his impressions with loved ones, the story reached the emperor. The shepherd was generously bestowed for such a discovery. Cordyceps firmly entered the diet of the imperial family and the wealthy inhabitants of China.

The healing properties of cordyceps were identified in 1082. In those days, Chinese doctors called it "Dong Chun Xia Cao," which translates as "an insect in winter, a plant in summer." In the years 1590-1596, the Chinese, knowing the value of cordyceps, could not yet explain its properties, although a detailed description of the life cycle of Dong Chun Xia Cao already existed. From manuscripts it is known that at the imperial court the miracle plant was called the “Divine Gift” and the “Magic Talisman.”

This attitude and attention to cordyceps did not appear by chance, because members of the imperial family experienced its effect on themselves. It was noted that it contributes to the rejuvenation of the body, increase sexual activity, stimulate immune processes. After its use, people were cured of the most serious diseases of the kidneys and lungs.

The pride of Chinese medical literature, "A New Compilation of Pharmacology" (1757), contains a section that describes Cordyceps. It says that the plant has a sweet taste and unique properties. It prevents lung and kidney diseases. It has a hemostatic and expectorant effect, eliminates cough.

In his book "Addenda to the" Consolidated Pharmacopoeia "written in 1765 of the 18th century, the then-famous Chinese doctor Zhao Xueming highlighted a separate chapter, where he indicated that cordyceps is an effective remedy that can be used to preserve lung and respiratory health for a long time organs, kidneys, ward off bleeding and promote sputum discharge.

Cordyceps helps with Yin deficiency of the lungs, in case of tuberculous cough and hemoptysis, and with Yan failure of the kidneys, premature ejaculation, and other disorders of the genitourinary system. Nowadays, an encyclopedia entitled "The Modern Use of Chinese Medicines" has been issued, approved by the government of the PRC, which notes the properties of cordyceps and lists indications for its use.