Yarsagumba
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").
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
... "summer grass winter bug"), which is the source of the Nepali यार्चागुन्बू, yarshagumba, yarchagumba or Yarsagumba. The transliteration in Bhutan is ...
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Yarsagumba (Cordyceps Sinesis), Yarshagumba or …
Yarsagumba - the gold rush Yarsagumba with its Latin name cordyceps sinesis literally means summer plant and winter insect ...
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Overharvesting leaves 'Himalayan Viagra' fungus feeling short ...
Jan 29, 2013 ... Rising demand for Yarsagumba threatens to cause ecological damage.
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Yarsagumba: Biological Gold | The Diplomat
Aug 15, 2014 ... Yarsagumba is a unique caterpillar-fungus fusion that occurs when parasitic mushroom spores (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) infect and mummify ...
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Gold rush for Nepal's 'Himalayan Viagra' - Features - Al Jazeera ...
Jun 20, 2014 ... Trade in Yarsagumba - dubbed the "Himalayan Viagra" for its supposed libido- boosting powers - has boomed since the end of a ban opened ...
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yarsagumba — the aphrodisiac of nepal - Eat Something Sexy
Although it sounds more like something against which you should be vaccinated than an ingredient of love, Yarsagumba is fast becoming one of the most ...
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Yarsagumba: Aphrodisiac Fungus Faces Extinction in Nepal ...
Jun 11, 2012 ... ... valued for its purported aphrodisiac qualities at risk of extinction. Known variously as Yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa ...
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Yarsagumba price in Nepal, Cordyceps price
To get current Yarsagumba/cordyceps price please request a quote with your order quantity and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our email response ...
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Where is all the "Himalayan Viagra" going? - CBS News
Jan 30, 2013 ... The world's most expensive medical fungus, Yarsagumba costs more than gold in parts of the world -- and the cost is about to go up.
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An assessment of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis ... - Springer
Mar 13, 2014 ... Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau, is one of the most valuable medicinal ...
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Yarsagumba in science
Yarsagumba – a Himalayan aphrodisiac - coloradoWM.org
Apr 24, 2014 ... Another reason to visit Nepal: Yarsagumba – a Himalayan aphrodisiac ... Scientists from the University of Nottingham found that cordycepin, ...
Chemical Constituents of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis ...
... of Life Sciences and Resources, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701, ... Sung et al. is popularly known as Yarsagumba (winter worm summer grass) in ...
An assessment of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis ... - Springer
Mar 13, 2014 ... Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the .... Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University, ...
Yarsagumba: Biological Gold | The Diplomat
Aug 15, 2014 ... Yarsagumba is a unique caterpillar-fungus fusion that occurs when parasitic .... Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow at the University of Southern ...
Chemical Constituents of Yarsagumba ... - Academia.edu
Sung et al. is popularly known as Yarsagumba (winter worm summer grass) in ... and Resources Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701, Republic of Korea 2 ...
Yarsagumba: Aphrodisiac Fungus Faces Extinction in Nepal ...
Jun 11, 2012 ... Known variously as Yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa ... ... Shrestha, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Review on Pharmacologically Active Metabolites from Yarsagumba ...
Review on Pharmacologically Active Metabolites from Yarsagumba ... ABSTRACT Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Berk.) ...... Jeju National University ...
An Assessment of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis ...
Publication » An Assessment of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) Collection in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal. ... Saroj Panthi. Tribhuvan University ...
Books on the term Yarsagumba
Counting Wild Strawberries:
Lynn Piper, 2014
“They're Yarsagumba hunters,” he explained. “Yarsagumba is the name given to the caterpillar stage of the ghost moth when it gets infected by a fungus that causes a huge growth to develop which kills the caterpillar. But these infected grubs ...
By the way: travels through Nepal's conflict
Ajit Baral, Martin Chautari Centre for Social Research and Development (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2008
also would also like to enhance their capacities, but they have more pressing needs: to make ends meet through Yarsagumba. Asked whether he had ever tried the herb and found it working wonders, Tsering replied in a philosophical manner.
Medicinal Plants for Forest Conservation and Health Care
1997
and the mineral Silajit (a natural form of asphalt). Concerning two other species, viz. Panchaunle (Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D.Don) Soo) and Yarsagumba (the fungus Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc), even their collection is banned. Sources ...
Canister of Evil
Joseph "Champagne Joe" Militello, 2011
... Yarsagumba . . .” Charga, now clearly agitated, interrupted once again, “now what the hell are you talking about?'. “Yarsagumba. it's like yohimbe, only more potent. Comes from nepal 149 A Federal Case!
Recent Advances in QSAR Studies: Methods and Applications
Tomasz Puzyn, Jerzy Leszczynski, Mark T. D. Cronin, 2010
This book presents an interdisciplinary overview on the most recent advances in QSAR studies.
A Trekking Guide to Upper & Lower Dolpo (Himalayan Travel Guides)
A Trekking Guide to Upper & Lower Dolpo (Himalayan Travel Guides)
2014
Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. By then Bob had already driven an ancient Land Rover from England to Kathmandu (in 1974), and overland trucks across Asia, Africa and South America. He had also lived in Kathmandu for two years, employed as a trekking company manager. Before they met, Siân worked in...
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Yarsagumba
Yarsagumba: Aphrodisiac Fungus Faces Extinction in Nepal | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network
Climate change and overharvesting have put a Himalayan fungus valued for its purported aphrodisiac qualities at risk of extinction. Known variously as Yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa ...
blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2012/06/11/yarsagumba-aphrodisiac-fungus-faces-extinction-nepal/
Nepal Himalayas: Price of Caterpillar Fungus / Yarsagumba - Himalayan Viagra ( Ophiocordyceps sinensis) Reached NRs 20,33,280 Per KG : What a Crazy!
Wanna Buy Caterpillar Fungs / Yarsagumba I really wondered when I encountered with the news posted in www.nypost.com regarding Caterpillar Fungus (Yarsagumba or Yarchagunbu) price. New Yorkers are getting US$ 800 per ounce (35.3 Ounces = 1 Kilograms) for dried Yarsagumba.
shivadevkota.blogspot.com/2011/03/price-of-caterpillar-fungus-yarsagumba.html
yarsagumba — the aphrodisiac of nepal
Aphrodisiac foods authority Amy Reiley reveals what makes Yarsagumba, a rare fungus from Nepal a potentially potent aphrodisiac.
eatsomethingsexy.com/wordpress/aphrodisiac-foods/yarsagumba/
Another reason to visit Nepal: Yarsagumba – a Himalayan aphrodisiac | Colorado Wilderness Medicine Blog
Posted on April 24, 2014 by admin.
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The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative | Yarsagumba Over-Harvesting and the Resource Curse in Nepal
The tragedy of the (fungal) commons Commons are always being overexploited to maximize individual benefit, which also leads to local extinctions of species in some areas. The Yarsagumba (or “summer plant, winter insect” Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau, faces this very fate.
peoplefoodandnature.org/blog/yarsagumba-over-harvesting-and-the-resource-curse-in-nepal/
Yarsagumba: Biological Gold | The Diplomat
A gold rush mentality has attached to a fungus known as the ‘Himalayan Viagra,’ to the detriment of local communities.
thediplomat.com/2014/08/yarsagumba-biological-gold/
Cordyceps Sinensis, Cordyceps Sinensis, Yarsagumba (यार्सागुम्बा) : Largest Wholesaler | Supplier - Herb Details | National Exports Pvt. Ltd., Nepal
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Yarsagumba—the “Miracle” Mushroom | Royal Mountain Travel
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Yarsagumba (Cordyceps Sinesis), Yarshagumba or Yarchagumba - rare and unique herb that grows in the Himalayas and cure for sexual impotency – a Himalayan Herbal Viagra
The Cordyceps sinesis, a combination of insect and plant remains inactive in winter and comes out in summer. In Nepal Cordyceps locally called as Yarchagumba which is an insect parasite fungus having high commercial demand as tonic/aphrodisiac.
www.visitnepal.com/nepal_information/yarsagumba.php
Slideshow: Yarsagumba harvesters face harsh conditions | The Center for Investigative Reporting
Nepalese villagers endure harsh temperatures and steep hikes to harvest Yarsagumba, the rare fungus known as “Himalayan Viagra,” which sells for about $9,400 a pound.
cironline.org/reports/slideshow-yarsagumba-harvesters-face-harsh-conditions-3310
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