Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits (And how to take them)

Heather Dessinger

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Cordyceps Benefits and Uses

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in Tibet and Bhutan, the cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps sinesis) has a long history of use in the Chinese herbal tradition. Unfortunately, due to over-harvesting it is now rarely found in the wild, but it can be (and is!) cultivated for consumption.

According to Donald Yance, clinical herbalist and author of Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism, “It is considered to be one of the most valuable . . . herbs used traditionally in China, equaling ginseng as a restorative tonic.”

Benefits of Cordyceps

This adaptogen is considered helpful for:

  • Promoting balance during stressful experiences
  • Endurance (both physical and mental)
  • Immune support
  • Circulation
  • Endocrine function

Source: Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism

Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits and Uses - Nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in Tibet and Bhutan, the cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps sinesis) has a long history of use in the Chinese herbal tradition. According to Donald Yance, clinical herbalist and author of Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism, “It is considered to be one of the most valuable . . . herbs used traditionally in China, equaling ginseng as a restorative tonic.”

Is cordyceps safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

According to the Botanical Safety Handbook: 2nd Edition, cordyceps is a Safety Class 1A herb – the safest rating possible. This category is described as:

“Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately.

  • History of safe traditional use
  • No case reports of significant adverse events with high probability of causality
  • No significant adverse events in clinical trials
  • No identified concerns for use during pregnancy or lactation
  • No innately toxic constituents
  • Toxicity associated with excessive use is not a basis for exclusion from this class
  • Minor or self-limiting side effects are not bases for exclusion from this class”

For a more in-depth discussion of opinions regarding the use of adaptogens during pregnancy/breastfeeding, see this post.

Adaptogens are herbs rather than pharmaceutical drugs, so there are no dosages. However, herbalists do share knowledge about what methods of consumption seem to produce a beneficial effect for most people.

The suggestions below are based on those found in Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by ethnobotanist David Winston and herbal expert Steven Maimes:

What else do I need to know?

While appropriate amounts of cordyceps are thought to support the immune system, excessive amounts may be counterproductive in this respect. Also, please check with your health care provider before using any herbal remedy.

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8 thoughts on “Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits (And how to take them)”

  1. Hi Heather I was reading all the wonderful info u just sent me and I was wondering how I could obtain these antigens would love to find out how they would help me and my problems

    • Hello there thank you for all your wonderful information! I came across a product that has cordyceps as well as reishi, lions mane, & chaga. What would your take be on taking this while breastfeeding?

  2. You got me when you said that cordyceps that can help you to keep your balance while you’re dealing with a stressful experience. This is something that I will share with my sister who has been stressed because of the divorce case that she has to deal with. She said that filing for a divorce has been causing her sleepless nights due to so much stress. I want her to still be enjoy her life while in the process of divorce, so I’ll shop for a cordyceps tincture that she can use.