Cordyceps sinesis

Yarsagumba (Cordyceps sinesis) in Tibetan literally means summer plant and winter insect. Before the rainy season begins, spores of the cordyceps mushroom settle on the heads of caterpillars that lives underground. The fungus eats into the body of the caterpillars so that it grows out of its head and draining all the energy from the insect which in the end dies.

Yarsagumba, Yarshagumba or Yarchagumba is a rare and unique herb that grows in the meadows above 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) in the Himalayan region of Nepal. There are various types of famous medicinal plants found in Nepal but the popularity of yarsagumba is simply overwhelming.

The specific fungus which is also known as the “Caterpillar fungus” is traditionally added to soups or tea to improve vigor and vitality since long.

Yarsagumba

They believe that the soup of the fungus improves stamina, endurance, lung capacity, kidney functions, and sexual performance. The medicinal importance of the fungus, especially that it improves sexual performance was already documented in 14th century.

A large number of elderly men in New York are forking out more than $800 for a fungus covered dead body of a caterpillar known as Yarsagumba, which is being marketed as Himalayan Viagra.

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