|Other:||Cordyceps or Caterpillar fungus|
Tradionally used in Asian medicine to toniffy Lung Yin and Kidney Yang.
• increases exercise performance
• adjunctive therapy for cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy
- lung cancer
- hepatocellular Carcinoma
- warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
- chronic hepatitis B (HBV)
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
• impotence, caused by debility
• chronic cough
• chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- chronic bronchitis
• organ transplant
- renal transplant
• Purine Alkaloids (Adenosine Derivative)
• Decoction (dried herb): 3-9 g bid
Side effects: Abdominal complaints and irregular menstruation may occur with excessive use.
Organ transplants • Cordyceps may decrease the side effects and dose required for immunosuppressive therapy in renal transplantation.
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