Cordyceps sinensis is sometimes called caterpillar fungus, and comes in the form of a fine light beige powder. In Chinese, Cordyceps means “summer plant, winter worm.” Cordyceps grow by infecting insect larvae or mature insects with spores that germinate, often before the cocoon is formed. The fruiting body of the Cordyceps grows from the dead host.
The traditional and modern applications of Cordyceps include bronchial asthma, insomnia, anxiety, adrenal hypofunction, hypertension, impotence and bacterial infection. Cordyceps has properties similar to ginseng, being used to strengthen and rebuild the body after exhaustion. In addition, Cordyceps is a great tonic for anyone who leads a very busy life and needs extra energy.