Dong Chong Xia Cao

Dong Chong Xia Cao in TCM:

English Name: cordyceps, Chinese caterpillar fungus
Pharmacuetical Name: Cordyceps
Properties: sweet, warm
Explore the properties of Dong Chong Xia Cao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: LU, KD
Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi, yang
Regulates: resolves phlegm, stops bleeding

Actions / Indications:
  • Augments KD Yang and Essence (sore and weak lower back and lower extremities due to KD yang deficiency, impotence)
  • Tonifies LU and KD; transforms phlegm; stops bleeding (chronic cough, wheezing due to deficiency or consumptive coughs with blood-streaked sputum; spontaneous sweating due to weak constitution after illness)
  • (cc: caution in exterior syndrome)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Dong Chong Xia Cao has been shown to stimulate adrenal hormone secretion, the immune system, and male sperm count. It is also shown to lower blood pressure and stabilize heart rhythym. It relaxes smooth LU tissue to stabilize asthma and has also been shown to have cancer fighting neoplastic properties.
  • Known as a superior and legendary herb, notoriously difficult to find in the wild.
  • The cultivated herb is available cheaper but some say it is not as effective.