Drug information of Cordyceps


Drug group: medicinal herbs

Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China

Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers

Mechanism of effect

Stim WBCs and interleukins; possibly cytotoxic to cancer cells

Increase ATP level in cells


not availabe

Drug indications

diabetes , cancer , Cardiovascular disorder



Cardiovascular effects


liver disorders

Immune system and anti-inflammatory effects

Physical performance

Renal function

Respiratory effects

Sexual dysfunction


3 g/d fermented in tea

1050 mg extract BID-TID

Cordyceps 3 to 6 g/day has been used in patients with long-term renal failure for periods ranging from days to years.

Cordyceps 6 g/day for 2 months has been used in conjunction with chemotherapy in clinical studies involving lung cancer.

Drug contraindications

Contraindications have not been identified.

Side effects

Diarrhea , nausea , dry mouth

Mild GI discomfort, including diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea

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Take extra care if you are allergic to molds or fungi.

Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin

Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase

Do not use this product if you are taking drugs called MAO inhibitors. These are drugs like isocarboxazid

Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:Cancer,Bleeding problems,Low mood or depression

Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease

Points of recommendation

Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product.

This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

Pregnancy level


Information not available. Experiments in mice suggest cordyceps has an effect on plasma testosterone levels. Avoid use

Breast feeding warning

Information not available

Drug forms

Cordyceps Sinensis, CordyMax

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