Cordyceps capsule (Cs-4)
(AUST L 134443)
Cordyceps known as Dong Chong Xia Cao (literally means "winter worm summer grass"), is a genus of ascomycete fungi from the family of Claviceptaceae. Out of more than 300 different species over the world, C. sinensis is the only one species that is recognized by Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as a listable substance which can be used as alternative medicines. More over, being used in China for more than 1000 years, only is C. sinensis the only-one species in the genus listed in Chinese pharmacopoeia and allowed for pharmaceutical and prescription use.
In ancient China this fungus was used exclusively in the Emperor's Palace because of its rarity, value and potency. In recent years, however, as more and more people realize its unique properties and values, the price in the international market has surged more than 20 times in merely 10 years. On the other hand, the wild collection and supply have greatly reduced due to the lack of resources and the rise of perceptions of environment protections.
Fortunately, plant and biological scientists has successfully cultivated the fungus via an advanced deep-fermentation technology by using cereals as culture base incorporated with the strain of fungus Cordyceps. Of all the cultivated Cordyceps, only the strain of Cs-4 Cordyceps sinensis has been recognized by Chinese Pharmacopoeia as the substitute of the wild Cordyceps sinensis.
Cs-4 Cordyceps sinensis is not only proved with the most similarity of chemical compounds profile with the wild ones, but also possesses even higher contents for some of key constituents. Meanwhile, many double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have also demonstrated its therapeutic effectiveness and potency. More importantly, this cultivated Cs-4 Cordyceps are environment friendly, cost effective, quality consistent and stable, as well as caterpillar-free.
Maximum Balance'sCordyceps capsule contains 100% of pure fermented Cs-4 Cordyceps sinensis with no excipients contained, and manufactured in Australia under the code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Thus a high level of quality control is ensured. Further more, the material of Cs-4 had passed a series of stringent analysis including the identification test by an independent & licensed laboratory before production.
Compared with wild Cordyceps sinensis, Cs-4 Codyceps contains most similar chemical profile and in some aspects even higher. For instance, Adenosine as the marker constituent is no less than 0.30%, which represents 20 times higher than that of wild ones.
What are the therapeutic properties or benefits that the Cs-4 Cordyceps sinensis may actually have? Here is a summary from various sources:
1. Effects on the respiratory system
Cordyceps could strongly supplement the Lung Qi (energy) and relieve prolonged cough conditions, especially for those of kids and aged people who usually are prone of deficiency of lung qi.
2. Effects on the kidneys
Cordyceps have been employed in strengthening the kidney Yang for hundreds of years. People may appear weak, pale, and aversion to cold if deficiency of kidney Yang. For men, it is usually manifested as low sex drive, lower back pain, semen emission, frequent urination etc. For women, cold limbs, low libido, scanty menstruation, sore waist are normal symptoms.
3. Effects on the circulation system
Cordyceps has been used to poor circulation and high lipids. A summary of five studies using Cs-4 cordyceps fermentation products on patients recorded a partially or completely improved ECG in 75-88% of the cases. One of these studies also showed a significant reduction in cholesterol, triglycerides and viscosity.
However, the approved indications of this product as listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods are limited as below:
Traditionally used to nourish the lung and kidney, tonify the Qi (vital energy) and capture the Jing (essence). It may help relieving prolonged cough and bronchitis due to insufficiency of lung; Ache and limpness in the loins and knees; Physical and nervous exhaustion; Poor memories, sluggishness and easy to get tired due to Qi-deficiency; Low libido and spermatorrhea. Assists to build up body resistance to pathogenic factors and help recuperation from surgery or long illness.
(Notice: international purchase is not available at the moment)