Winter worm, summer grass
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is a fungus that parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body valued as an herbal remedy. The fungus germinates in the living larva, kills and mummifies it, and then the stalk-like fruiting body emerges from the corpse. It is known in English colloquially as caterpillar fungus, or by its more prominent foreign names (see below): yartsa gunbu or yatsa gunbu (Tibetan), or Dōng chóng xià cǎo (Chinese: 冬虫夏草; literally "winter worm, summer grass"). Of the various entomopathogenic fungi, Ophiocordyceps sinensis is one that has been used for at least 2000 years to treat many diseases related to lungs, kidney, and also used as a natural Viagra. This fungus is not yet cultivated commercially, despite the fact that several fermentable strains of Ophiocordyceps sinensis are isolated by Chinese Scientists. Overharvesting and over exploitation have led to the classification of O. sinensis as an endangered species in China. Additional research needs to be carried out in order to understand its morphology and growth habit for conservation and optimum utilization.
The moths in which O. sinensis grows are ambiguously referred to as "ghost moth", which identifies either a single species or the genus Thitarodes, and the species parasitized by O. sinensis may be one of several Thitarodes that live on the Tibetan Plateau (Tibet, Qinghai, West-Sichuan, SW-Gansu & NW Yunnan), and the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Bhutan).
O. sinensis is known in the West as a medicinal mushroom, and its use has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well as Traditional Tibetan medicine. The hand-collected fungus-caterpillar combination is valued by herbalists and as a status symbol; it is used as an aphrodisiac and treatment for ailments such as fatigue and cancer, although such use is mainly based on traditional Chinese medicine and anecdote. Recent research however seems to indicate a variety of beneficial effects in animal testing, including increased physical endurance through heightened ATP production in rats.

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Ophiocordyceps sinensis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its name in Chinese Dōng chóng xià cǎo (冬蟲夏草) means "Winter worm, summer grass" (i.e., "worm in the winter, [turns to] plant in the summer"). The Chinese ...
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What is Cordyceps? Dosing, Side Effects & More
Commonly known as "dong chong xia cao" (summer-plant, winter-worm) in Chinese, cordyceps has been used as a tonic food in China and Tibet and has been ...
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Caterpillar Fungus: The Viagra Of The Himalayas : NPR
Oct 9, 2011 ... But it's better known throughout Asia by the Tibetan term, yartsa gunbu, which means "summer grass, winter worm." Britt Bunyard, a professor at ...
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In Tibet, a worm worth its weight in gold - Los Angeles Times
Jun 27, 2008 ... Or, to give the fungus its more poetic name, "Winter worm, summer grass," because its appearance changes from one to the other with the ...
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'Himalayan Viagra' taking its toll on Nepal - CNN.com
Jul 7, 2012 ... Caterpillar fungus, or as it's called in Tibetan, "yartsa gunbu," meaning "summer grass, winter worm," is a specimen created when a parasitic ...
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Dong Chong Xia Cao - Medicinal Herb Detail Page | The Jade Institute
Literal name translation: winter worm,summer grass. Family: Hypocreaceae Part used in Chinese medicine: whole fungus. Major Chinese medicine actions:
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What is yartsa gunbu and why has it been dubbed the 'Himalayan ...
Sep 13, 2012 ... Yartsa gunbu, meaning 'summer grass, winter worm' in Tibetan, is created when underground caterpillars become infected by a parasitic ...
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Tibetans' caterpillar fungus fortune nearing exhaustion - Xinhua ...
Sep 24, 2013 ... The worm grass, known in China as "winter-worm summer-grass," is not really a plant. It forms when a parasitic fungus hijacks and then feeds ...
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Trade in caterpillar fungus known as Himalayan Viagra proves fatal ...
Oct 14, 2013 ... ... the fungus is known as dongchongxiacao in Chinese and yarchagumba in Nepali, both names meaning "Winter worm, summer grass''.
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Cordyceps Sinensis - Facts and Benefits - Mushroom Appreciation
The Chinese name is dong chong xia cao (meaning "Winter worm, summer grass "). The Latin name cordyceps means "club head", and sinensis is "from China".
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Ophiocordyceps sinensis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
... literally "Winter worm, summer grass"), or Dōng chóng xià cǎo (Chinese: 冬虫夏草). .... ZYPY: yartsa gunbu, "summer grass winter bug"), which is the source of the ..... of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University) (English) ( traditional ...
Caterpillar Fungus: The Viagra Of The Himalayas : NPR
Oct 9, 2011 ... ... Tibetan term, yartsa gunbu, which means "summer grass, winter worm." Britt Bunyard, a professor at the University of Wisconsin and editor of ...
Winter Worm-Summer Grass - Medical Dictionary - The Free Dictionary
A caterpillar fungus that is antitussive, expectorant, stimulant, and tonic; it is said to strengthen the immune system, improve renal function in patients with lupus ...
Summer grass; winter worm - Deccan Herald
Jun 25, 2013 ... In the high Himalayas of Uttarakhand, as the winter snows begin to melt in ... by its Tibetan name yartsa gumba, meaning summer grass, winter worm. ... Bawa of the University of Boston, Massachusetts, reported in the journal, ...
What is Cordyceps? Dosing, Side Effects & More
Commonly known as "dong chong xia cao" (summer-plant, winter-worm) in Chinese, cordyceps has been used as a tonic food in China and Tibet and has been ...
Caterpillar Fungus Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Nov 28, 2012 ... picture: golden worms ... and to too high of an extent," said study co-author Cornelia H. de Moor of the University of Nottingham. ... From Worm to Pill ... sinensis, known locally as yartsa gunbu ("summer grass, winter worm").
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by Xu, Tongtong, M.S., UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - COLUMBIA, 2008, 83 pages; ... Winter worm and summer grass (WWSG) is one of the most valued ...
Cordyceps sinensis - Loyola University Health System
Other names for Cordyceps Sinensis include: Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Summer Grass, Winter Worm, and Cordyceps Sinensis Mushroom. Ask your doctor ...
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Healing Mushrooms
Healing Mushrooms
Georges M. Halpern, 2007
The mushroom is also called the “caterpillar fungus” on account of its origin, and, less frequently, “Winter worm, summer grass” because the ancient Chinese believed that the fungus was an animal in winter and a vegetable in summertime.
The Oxford Companion to Food
The Oxford Companion to Food
Alan Davidson, Tom Jaine, 2014
These grow, oddly, as parasites on live insects or worms. One ofthem, C. robertii, is eaten in China and Tibet, where it has mysterious names such as the Chinese tung chong ha cho, meaning 'winter worm summer grass' (sometimes ...
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The Complete Mushroom Hunter: An Illustrated Guide to ...
Gary Lincoff, 2010
... polypore, 162 chanterelles, 54–55, 70, 72 chicken mushrooms, 54–55, 91 Chinese caterpillar fungus, 167 enoki/winter ... 116, 117 shiitake/dongu,163 shrimp russulas106–107, 120 summer grass/winter worm, 167 sweet coral clubs, 54–55, ...
A Time of Ghosts
A Time of Ghosts
Hok-Pang Tang, 2013
The thought of being stuck there through a bitter Tibetan winter did not appeal to me. ... In China it is called “Winter worm, summer grass,” — Dong Chong Xia Cao — because it is said to be an insect in the winter and a plant in the summer.
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Winter Worm Summer Grass | Someone is looking at you
This is the chick herb soup I prepared for myself to speed up the recovery from the cold. The red berries are called Gogi Berries, famous for its mild calming quality. The white pieces are dried mountain yam good for smoothing the energy evenly throughout the body. The most important piece, and the only piece…
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Caterpillar Fungus: The Viagra Of The Himalayas : NPR
It's known as the Viagra of the Himalayas, and it can cost as much as $50,000 a pound. The world's most expensive fungus is known in Tibetan as yartsa gunbu and has become a status symbol in China.
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What's Hot in China Today?: Worm Grass (aka Vegetable Caterpillar)
This is the newest and hottest item of speculation in China right now, guess how much it is worth: 300,000 RMB per kilogram (for your reference, I just checked the live gold price and it was about 174,400 RMB per kilo). This "worm grass" is worth 1.7 times the price of gold.
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