The Cordyceps mushroom, used for centuries for its health giving properties, is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine and is native to the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet. It is the most expensive ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.
Around the world there is an increasing interest in dietary supplements and ‘Super foods.’ like Cordyceps. Western medicine has recognised the cancer fighting properties of the Chinese Cordyceps and it is under wider investigation for other therapeutic applications
Due to increased demand, over harvesting and new harvest restrictions the top grades of wild the Chinese Cordyceps have reached prices of over $US100,000 per kilo. In 2016, the Chinese Government banned the sale of The Chinese Cordyceps from certain regions of Tibet due to unacceptable levels of arsenic toxicity.
The Chinese Cordyceps only grows in natural mountain environments and the annual harvest is very limited and is therefore only available to the wealthy. This situation has encouraged the marketing of imitation and adulterated products limiting their clinical efficacy and patient outcomes.
Cordyceps fungi are the source of many powerful medicinal compounds. Cyclosporine which is used for its’ anti-rejection profile in organ transplantation is derived from the family of Cordyceps mushrooms.
Cordyceps gunnii - The “Australian Cordyceps” - The Australian Alternative
Australian Cordyceps has the potential to provide an Australian grown therapeutic equivalent alternative to The Chinese Cordyceps for the Chinese market.
The ‘Australian Cordyceps’ mushroom is a native to NSW, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. These areas are largely secret pristine native bushland. The mushrooms are untouched by pollution and are clean and green Australian produce.
The chemical composition of the Australian Cordyceps is very similar to The Chinese Cordyceps having all of the medicinal compounds at a lower price.