ABOUT CORDYCEPS SINENSIS AND NEPAL

Blessing from the Himalayas

Nepal has tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from as low as 60 metres elevation in the tropical flattish plain, beyond the perpetual snow line, to over 90 peaks including Mount Everest, the Earth’s highest peak at 8,848m. Nepal has been known to neighborhood countries as a veritable emporium of herbal wealth due to its abundant plant life diversity. Cordyceps sinensis has been a rare traditional medical ingredient in Nepal for centuries with other medical herbs for its well-known clinical efficacy and nourishing effects.

Cordyceps sinensis ‘Caterpillar Fungus’is better known throughout Asia by the Nepalese term ‘Yarsagumba’, which means “summer grass, winter worm. ” Caterpillar fungus is a parasitic fungus that envelopes and kills the Himalayan bat moth caterpillar (Hepialus armoricanus oberthur) which inhabits the Nepalese and Tibetan high mountain zone (about 3,500-5,000 m) , and feeds on its mummified body. This process happens only in the fertile, high-alpine meadows of the Nepalese Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau.

Although there are  more than 500 kinds of Cordyceps sinensis,  the therapeutic effect of only a small numbers of Cordyceps sinensis that parasite to the Himalayan bat moth caterpillar has been proven. Cordyceps sinensis for medical use results from a parasitic relationship between the fungus and the larva of the host moth, including the remains of the insect and the fruit-body of fungus. The best quality Cordyceps sinensisis believed to be from Nepal. It has received high acclaim for its effects and is known as a very precious plant and is now  traded gram units.

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How to choose the superb quality Coryeps sinensis

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Be very careful to choose high quality, authentic Cordyceps sinensis since it can be found in multiple forms. True wild Cordyceps sinensis is expensive and comes in many different grades. Therefore, there is also a tremendous risk of fake or manmade Cordyceps sinensis on the market, which are similar looking herbs.  Some unscrupulous merchants even insert metal wire or lead wires into  Cordyceps sinensis to increaseits weight and resulting profits. Needless to say, these are harmful to human body.  It is also important to know what kind of Cordyceps sinensis is used in suppliments if you are taking Cordyceps sinensis in suppliments.

With the development of modern medicine, clinical studies continue to validate the multipul beneficial effects of Cordyceps sinensis. Recently, convincing evidence has accumulated especially in Asian countries. Cordyceps sinensis therapeutic effect  including :

  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-oxidant
  • anti-tumor
  • anti-viral
  • blood pressure lowering
  • blood sugar regulation
  • cardiovascular
  • cholesterol lowing
  • immune enhancement
  • positive effects on lifestyle diseases-kidneys, lungs/respiratory system, nerves, sexual function and stress.
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Nepalese natural Cordyceps sinensis helps local highlanders

Cordyceps sinensis saves Nepal

Cordyceps sinensis income supports isolated highlanders at both the village and family level. While purchased and consumed by the prosperous, collecting and selling Cordyceps sinensis presents a critical income for some of the most impoverished Himalayan highlanders who etch out a living in one of the most extreme environments on earth. The revenue is used for developing projects includ: supporting local schools in hiring teachers, constructing micro-hydro power, establishing a community emergency fund and building roads. Cordyceps sinensis not only helps people to be healthier but also helps people in Nepal, the poorlest contry in Asia. However, export of Cordyceps sinensis has been strictly limited by the Nepalese government for a long time because of its scarcity and value. China has been the biggest importer of Cordyceps sinensis from Nepal. They seem to sell high quality Nepalese Cordyceps sinesis as Chinese one. Recently the government passed a bill to help the Nepalese economy by allowing export of their product to Japan. Even now, the time, area, and method of harvesting of Cordyceps sinensis is strictly controlled by laws and regulations and only licensed companies are authorized to export to overseas. Moreover, Japan grants preferential tariff treatment (GSP) to Nepal. Import of Cordyceps sinensis to Japan from Nepal is free of import duties compared with about 2.5% import duties on products from China. Nepal is becoming one of ‘the most favored’ trading partners of Japan.

We recommend Nepalese Cordyceps sinensis with confidence.

Yarsa Trading handles only Cordyceps Sinensis which was parasitic on Himalayan bat moth caterpillar that inhabits the Nepalese high mountain zone (3,500-5000 meters)
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