The stroma formed by Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. parasitized on the larva of Hepialus armoricanus Oberthru. Both the stroma and the dead larva are used medicinally.

The sample composed by the larva and sporophore growing on the top of the head. Larva: 3-5 cm long, 0.3-0.8 cm thick; surface yellowish brown and coarse; segments with several annular marks; 8 pairs of feet present at the abdomen with the middle 4 pairs more prominent; brittle in texture. Sporophore: Slender-clavate, longer then the larva, deep brown, with longitudinal striae; its top elliptical, enlarged, with numerous protruding granular peritheciums; soft and tough in texture. Sweet in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to lung and kidney channels.

1. Invigorate the kidney and supplement essence: For kidney-deficiency manifested as impotence, emission, soreness of the loin and knees, dizziness and tinnitus.
2. Invigorate the lung and kidney, improve inspiration to relieve dyspnea, eliminate phlegm and stop bleeding: For deficiency of lung-energy or lung and kidney manifested as dyspnea, shortness of breath, or cough with blood-tinged sputum. Besides, also used as tonics for the aged and the diseased.

Pharmacological Action
1. Relaxing the smooth muscles of bronchus.
2. Increasing the anoxia tolerance in mice.
3. Sedative, anti-inflammatory.

Admistmtion Decoction: 6-15g. Powder: l.5-2.0g bid or tid.


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