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Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps, 冬虫夏草)
Herb Granules

Herb granules at 1x concentration 100 g (3.53 oz).

This product contains no preservatives,no artificial flavor, and no pharmaceuticals.

Please note that this product is a pure herb powder but not an extract. ActiveHerb Cordyceps is made of cultured Cordyceps fungus which ensures purity and the environmental protection of the natural habitat.

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    Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps, 冬虫夏草) Product Details
    What does it do?
    In the term of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),

    Dong Chong Xia Cao is sweat, neutral.

    Dong Chong Xia Cao influences Lung, Kidney.

    • Nourishes the Lungs and tonifies the Kidneys.
    • Stops bleeding.
    • Transforms phlegm.
    作用 补肺益肾,止血,化痰

    Cordyceps sinensis (Dong Chong Xia Cao, 冬虫夏草) is perhaps the rarest and most precious herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Cordyceps has been used for the general health well being by Chinese for centuries, but remained unknown for the rest of the world until in 1992 Olympics when the Chinese women's track team athletes broke multiple world records and attributed their success in part to Cordyceps they took as an herbal dietary supplement. Modern studies suggest Cordyceps may enhance the immune function of our body, may stimulate progesterone production, boost energy and endurance.

    Cordyceps sinensis grows in or around Tibet. Cordyceps sinensis is actually composed of fungus that grows on caterpillar larvae. In its native habitat, the spores of Cordyceps infect and get into the body of caterpillar larvae. When the fungus grows in the body it kills the larvae in the winter, and eventually fungus fully consumes the larvae and sprouts into a little plant in the summer. The Chinese name Dong Chong Xia Cao literally describes the life cycle of Cordyceps.

    Because of the unique nature of Cordyceps, it has been unsuccessful to cultivate Cordyceps. The natural habitat of Cordyceps in Tibet is rapidly deteriorating because of the over consumption and skyrocketing prices. Today Cordyceps products in its processed forms on the market are all made from Cordyceps fungus grown in the laboratories.

    How to use it
    Take g each time granules daily in accordance with TCM. One teaspoon (included with the shipment) measures about 1.5 g granules.

    The granules may be dissolved in hot water to serve as tea or mixed into yogurt.

    ActiveHerb Single Herb Extract Advantages
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    • All natural & purely herbal
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, dyes, etc
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    • Instant herbal tea
    • No clumping
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    ActiveHerb single herb extracts are produced in collaboration with one of the largest and best known pharmaceutical companies in China in its state of the art cGMP-certified facility as a result of many years of research. Single raw herb is tested for authenticity, quality, and potency before a water extraction is made according to TCM traditions. The liquid extract is concentrated at low temperature and then spray-dried to form extract granules. Our proprietary technology optimizes on the unique properties of each individual herb to maximize preservation of its active ingredients in full spectrum and guarantees quality consistency from batch to batch.


    Use single Chinese herbs or herbal extracts with caution. Professional advice is suggested. In TCM, Chinese herbs are mostly combined in the context of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimize any potential side effect. You may want to search our extensive collection of patent Chinese medicine to find the formulas that utilize the herb of interest.

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    Cordyceps (Dong Chong Xia Cao) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dad has had kidney failure. My dad has had kidney failure. His kidneys only worked 4% and had to do dialysis 3 times every week. He started to take the Cordyceps purchased from ActiveHerb from April 2008. Now his kidneys work at 18% and the times he goes to dialysis is much reduced. He is much more energetic and less tired. He can actually study much longer. My father depends on this to help him with all labs for his dialysis. It is true he is doing much better since starting this herb.

    My aunt also takes the Cordyceps. Her kidney function used to be at 20% and now she has gotten rid of dialysis.
    Date published: 2011-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am 53 years old. I have suffered of pain in the low back for years I am 53 years old. I have suffered of pain in the low back for years without being able to remove it. I do not have overweight, have a healthy life and practise tai chi and gym but not served to remove the pain. I started taking the fungus and in a week I leave the pain. Despite his ingestion stop, did not return. Is a miracle product.
    Date published: 2011-03-03
    Product Q&A

    Hi i just bought cordycept sinensis and i would like to know how many little (spoon included) should i take in a day?  Please help.Thanks.

    Asked by: lynnma
    You can take 2 to 4 spoons (included) of cordyceps granules a day. thank you.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2014-07-11

    Is Astrogalus, Dan Shen, Rehmannia considered kidney tonics?  Is their a better herbal medicine as a kidney tonic?

    Asked by: Quacker

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