Cordyceps is used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, breathing disorders, kidney disorders, nocturnal urination, male sexual problems, anemia, irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness, weakness, ringing in the ears, unwanted weight loss and opiate addiction.
It is also used to strengthen the immune system, improve athletic performance, reduce the effects of aging, promote longer life, and improve liver function in people with hepatitis B.
Some people use cordyceps as a stimulant, tonic, and “adaptogen,” which is used to increase energy, improve endurance, and reduce fatigue.
Some considerations on the use of Cordyceps
In recent years, mushrooms have gained popularity as food supplements due to their many health benefits. Research shows that many mushrooms have unique properties that can help to boost the immune system, protect against disease, and even reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Cordyceps may improve immunity by stimulating cells and some specific chemicals in the immune system. Obviously, what has been said above must be taken with a grain of salt as there are no specific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness in all these areas.
In fact, cordyceps have not been tested to improve athletic performance. Several studies have shown that taking cordyceps (CordyMax Cs-4) or a combination of cordyceps and rose root (Optygen) does not improve endurance in trained male cyclists. It is therefore not to be considered either a specific supplement for sports performance or, much less, a doping agent.
There is also insufficient evidence to evaluate efficacy for kidney damage caused by the drug amikracin. Early research shows that the use of cordyceps with the drug amikracin could reduce kidney damage caused by this specific drug in older people but this is still being evaluated.
Same thing for the treatment of asthma. Early research suggests that taking cordyceps alone can reduce asthma symptoms in adults.