Cordyceps can boost Women’s Libido



POWER BENEFIT Enhances sexual function; increases energy and endurance; may boost immunity.
THE SCIENCE Also called caterpillar fungus, this rare mushroom has been used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat fatigue, cough, and sexual dysfunction. Research suggests that cordyceps has antioxidant properties and increases blood flow to the organs. Cordyceps is highly valued in China for building sexual energy over time by enhancing kidney yang and replenishing kidney yin; its considered a potent sexual tonic, says Laurie Steelsmith, N.D., a Honolulu-based naturopathic physician, and author of Natural Choices for Womens Health. Cordyceps was essentially unknown in the West until 1993, when a group of Chinese runners broke several world records and attributed their stellar performance to a cordyceps-based tonic. Recent studies suggest that it may boost oxygen uptake during exercise, helping the body work more efficiently.

HOW TO TAKE IT Two 400 mg pills once or twice a day; Steelsmith recommends the hot-water extract made by JHS Natural Products (
CAVEATS Do not use while nursing or pregnant or when running a fever. Cordyceps may affect glucose metabolism, so people with diabetes should be sure to monitor their blood glucose levels.

Article originally published at Natural Health Magazine Online

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist in Honolulu, as well as author of the new book Natural Choices for Women’s Health, published by Random House. You can reach her and read her past columns at This column is for information only. Consult your health provider for medical advice.


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