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Chinese caterpillars ( Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc.)

The Chinese caterpillar ( Cordyceps sinensis ) is a rare fungus that fulfills the definition of adaptogen by its properties (broad-spectrum effect + non-toxicity). However, it is not a ginseng-type adaptogen, because the center of gravity of its action does not tend to activate the hypothalamic-pituitary adaptation axis. According to available literature, the adaptogenic effect of the caterpillar appears to be mainly at the cellular level ( Liu2016hmc , Zou2016cso , etc.). The caterpillar also regulates the immune ( Liu2015ccp ) and nervous system (eg Nishizawa2007aec ). Further, according to available literature:

Chinese caterpillars and related species of the genus Cordyceps are not explored as well as Ganoderma lucidum and the insect component (parasitic caterpillar) is still ignored by science. As for the non-scientific TČM, it considers the caterpillar as a medicinal product with an excellent balance of yin and yang aspect because of the presence of both herbaceous and animal components.

| 23.2.2011