Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In the press

The cordyceps case was reported in the Lianhe Zaobao (联合早报) on Sunday.

Lianhe Zaobao 22 March 2009

For the uninitiated, "cordyceps" as defined by Wikipedia, is a genus of ascomycete fungi. What basically happens is this fungi (the most famous species out of about 400 others is called cordyceps sinensis) parasitizes ghost moth larvae in the winter. By summer, these larvae are completely killed and take on the appearance of dried herbs. Cordyceps have long been considered a precious ingredient in Chinese traditional medicines. It is believed that the benefits of consumption (usually boiled in soup) include improved lung and respiratory function. The Chinese name for the product is 冬 虫 夏 草 which literally means “winter worm summer grass”.

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