The source is from the compound of the stroma formed by Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. Parasitized on the larva of Hepialus armoricanus Oberthru and the larva. The medicinal material is produced in Sichuan, Qinghai, and Tibet of China, etc., and dug out at early summer when the stroma has not dispersed yet. And it is processed by drying it in the sun to 60%- 70% dry, removing impurity, and then drying in the sun or drying in low temperature. It can be used crudely.
Medicinal Properties Sweet in flavor, slightly warm in nature, and attributive to the lung and kidney meridians.
Actions Invigorate the kidney and nourish the lung, strengthen yang and body essence, relive cough and dyspnea.
1. It is applied for deficiency of kidney-yang with impotence or lumbago. With its unique feature of warm but not dry in nature, both invigorating the kidney and strengthening yang, and supplementing the essence, it is frequently adopted as medicinal herbs for supplementing deficiency. For deficiency of the kidney with impotence or emission, it is used together with Bajitian (Radix Morindae Officinalis ) and Tusizi ( Semen Cuscutae ) ; for deficiency of the kidney with soreness in waist and knees, with Duzhong ( Cortex Eucommiae), etc..
2. It is applied for deficiency of the lung or deficiency of both the lung and kidney with chronic cough, dyspnea, or cough with blood-tinged sputum. For chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, it is used together with Shashen ( Radix Adenophorae ), Ejiao ( Colla Corii Asini ), and Chuanbeimu (Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae), etc.; for dyspnea or palpitation, with Renshen (Radix Ginseng), Hutaorou ( Juglandis Regiae ) , etc..
In addition, it is also used for weakness after disease, spontaneous sweating or chillness, etc., and stewed with chicken, duck or pork, etc., which has a remarkable nutritious effect.
Usage and Dosage 5 -10 g is used in decoction; or in pills; or stewed with chicken, duck, or pork.
Notes Contraindicated in the case with pathogenic factors attacking the exterior.