Cordyceps (generic name)
- Auto Immune Conditions
- Bladder & Kidney Health
- Brain & Nervous System
- Care Transitions
- Dental Health
- Emotional Health
- Eye Health
- Falls Prevention
- Financial Planning
- General Safety
- Health Care Basics
- Healthy Living
- Hearing Loss
- Heart Health
- High Blood Pressure
- Life Transitions
- Lung Health
- Men's Health
- Nutrition & Weight Management
- Pain Management
- Preventive Health
- Sexual Health
- Stomach & Digestive Health
- Stress & Anxiety
- Women's Health
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Addiction (opiates), Alzheimer's disease, anemia, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), bone marrow production, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cough, diabetes, fatigue, fertility, hematopoiesis (formation of blood cells), hemorrhage, hypertension (high blood pressure), longevity, lower backache, memory, menstruation irregularities, mucilage, muscle weakness, nephritis (inflammation of kidneys), neurodegeneration, night sweats, radiation protection, respiratory disease, senility (weakness), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tinnitus, tonic, tranquilizer, tuberculosis, urinary incontinence (nocturia).
Adults (18 years and older)
Typical doses of cordyceps are 3-9 grams daily of fermented cordyceps (eg. Cs-4 extract, CordyMax®), which have been given for up to 4-8 weeks. These doses have been used for antiaging, chronic renal failure, hepatitis, and as a chemoprotective or performance enhancer. Lower doses of 999 milligrams taken in three 333-milligram capsules have been studied for hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol).
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for cordyceps in children, and use is not recommended.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to cordyceps, mold, or fungi.
Side Effects and Warnings
Minimal side effects have been reported with the use of cordyceps in humans. Cordyceps is likely safe when used in patients with asthma, bronchitis, hepatitis B, hepatic cirrhosis, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), immunosuppression, and chronic renal (kidney) failure. It is also likely safe when used as a chemoprotective agent or an exercise performance enhancer, although more study is needed to confirm these findings.
Cordyceps may cause dry mouth, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, or dizziness. Due to the increasing popularity of Cordyceps sinesis, some supplements have been adulterated; some manufacturers substitute other species of cordyceps. The safety of these supplements is not known.
When taken by mouth, cordyceps (jin shiubao capsules) may cause tightness in the chest, wheezing or palpitations. The symptoms may be alleviated after administration of an antihistamine. Skin rashes have also been observed.
Although not well studied in humans, cordyceps's polysaccharides may increase corticosteroid production. Cordyceps may also increase 17beta-estradiol and stimulate progesterone production. It may also inhibit platelet aggregation, and increase the risk of bleeding.
Use cautiously in patients with prostate conditions or in individuals taking immunosuppressive medications, hormonal replacement therapy or birth control. Avoid in patients with myelogenous-type cancers based on reports of cordyceps causing proliferation of progenitor red blood cells.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Cordyceps is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to lack of available scientific evidence. Cordyceps may be possibly unsafe in pregnant women, as it may affect steroid hormone levels.