Everything has a beginning, and our story is no exception.
Our story didn’t begin well, but it had created something worthwhile.
Around June of 2012 we received terrible news that our grandmother was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer. The tumor was 8 centimeters long. One of her options was to surgically remove the tumor and undergo rehabilitation. We thought that the recovery from surgery would be the hardest for her, but that wasn’t the worst part. About a month after the surgery, a doctor found that the cancer cells had spread to her liver. He gave us less than 6 months to prepare her for her final moments of peace. Being the fighter that she was, she decided to keep going with chemotherapy.
During this time, our mother, Professor Dr. Monchan Maketon focused her research entirely on the medicinal property side of Cordyceps sinensis due to its renowned anti-cancer potential. For more than 20 years, her research had been centered around entomopathogenic fungi (insect-eating fungi) at the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok Thailand.
After chemo, like most cancer patients, our grandmother suffered severe side effects. The pain was so excruciating, and she was very weak. It was about two months after that our mother was able to first cultivate C. sinensis in a controlled setting. Using the simplest extraction process by boiling in hot water and making a cup of tea, mom served Grandma three cups a day before each meal (empty stomach for better absorption). The tea contained cordycepin, the active ingredient that plays a major role in battling cancer cells.
About a month into this routine, Grandma’s nails, which were darkened and damaged from chemotherapy, showed noticeable signs of recovery. Not only was she able to walk around, she could even do some light exercises. The pain subsided and her appetite returned. It was the best outcome we could have hoped for, to see her suffering decrease.
To be frugal, after a cup of tea was made for Grandma, mom boiled C. sinensis again and split this cup with dad. Just because...waste not, right? What we didn't expect was that my dad felt more rested. He noticed he only had to get up once in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom instead of 3-4 times prior to the tea routine. Then, we started digging deeper into research and publications on the medicinal beneficiary of C. sinensis. We later found that it is one of the potential remedies for frequent urination, which could be a sign of kidney problems with the elderly.
That was the beginning of “CORDYTHAI".
Now we are not saying that this will work for everyone because it depends on individual results, but it may be an alternative for people who are looking for natural remedies to boost immune support. Our grandmother was able to stay with us for a year and a half longer, and we enjoyed our time together until the end.
Cordyceps tea... the beginning of CORDYTHAI
Check out how insects got infected by fungus and become Cordyceps. Very educational video by BBC.
Natural C. sinensis can only be found in the high mountains (the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau) in southwestern China and Tibet. It is composed of the insects body and the connected fungal stroma that grows from the insects head. Very rare and labor intensive to harvest, so the market price is very high. Dong Chong Xia Cao is its Chinese name, also known as the Winter Worm and Summer Grass.
In winter C. sinensis parasites the larvae of moths within the family Hepialidae. The fungus germinates in the living larva, kills and mummifies it, and then a dark brown stalk-like fruiting body (which is a few centimeters long) emerges from the corpse and stands upright. This fruiting body part will grow out from the ground in the summer and would be the only visible part the harvester will see.
According to Web MD, Cordyceps extract is used to remedy coughs, chronic bronchitis, respiratory disorders, kidney disorders, nighttime urination, male sexual problems, anemia, irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness, weakness, ringing in the ears, unwanted weight loss, and opium addiction. It is also used for strengthening the immune system, improving athletic performance, reducing the effects of aging, promoting longer life, and improving liver function in people with hepatitis B*. Some people use cordyceps as a stimulant, a tonic, and an “adaptogen,” which is used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reduce fatigue*.
Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers*.
Well it is a lot to absorb if you are new to the concept, but this fungus has many benefits that is worth looking into.
Wild Cordyceps sinensis
You probably heard about how each person's DNA is different and probably have seen a series or two about a crime seen investigation, CSI might ring a bell, about matching DNA of a suspect to evidences left behind at the crime seen. Well you might not know that other living things like plants, fungus, and insects also have unique genetic DNA that separate ones from another.
The DNA matching work like this:
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