Last Updated: September 28 2022

Cordyceps is a mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that is touted to be anti-aging and pro-vitality; these quite vague claims have not yet been evaluated in human interventions. It can regulate testicular testosterone production, but has complex mechanisms.

Cordyceps is most often used for

What else is Cordyceps known as?
Note that Cordyceps is also known as:
  • Cordyceps Sinensis
  • Cordyceps Militaris
  • Caterpillar Fungus
  • Cetepiller Mushroom
  • Summer grass-winter worm
  • Totsu kasu
  • Yarchakunbu
  • Aweto
Dosage information

Cordyceps has been used in human trials in the dosage range of 1,000-3,000mg daily, either in one single dose or multiple doses with meals. There is no indication if this is the optimal dose or not, and it is uncertain if this dosage is even effective as some of the research has come back null.

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