Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is a rare fungus that its characteristics (broad-spectrum effect + NON -TOXIC) meets the definition of an adaptogen. However, there is an adaptogen type of ginseng, because the center of gravity of its activity does not lie in the activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis adjustment. According to the literature it seems that the adaptogenic effect of Cordyceps sinensis is manifested primarily at the cell level ( Liu2016hmc , Zou2016cso etc.) Cordyceps also has a regulating effect on the immune ( Liu2015ccp ) and nervous system (e.g. Nishizawa2007aec ). Furthermore, according to available literature briefly:
- Wang2004aes argues that Cordyceps slows aging in mice. Mechanistic interpretations of the author do not believe the results so (I believe the traditional use of Cordyceps sinensis).
- Japanese study Nishizawa2007aec found antidepressant effect of Cordyceps in mice by acting on the dopaminergic system .
- Cordyceps red (C. militaris) had effect against influenza . ( Lee2014aec )
- In a rat model of diabetes performed against cell stress pancreatic β-cells. ( Liu2016hmc )
- In experimental cerebral ischemia worked against memory corruption . ( Lee2016aec )
- Cordyceps extract slowed cell growth of colon cancer HT-29 and SW480. ( Huang2007iec )
Cordyceps and related species of the genus Cordyceps are explored as well as lingzhi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and insect component (parasitized caterpillar) is ignored by science yet. Regarding TCM unscientific, the Cordyceps is considered as a drug with well balanced yin and yang aspect because of the presence of both "herbal" (ie. Fungal) and animal ingredients.