Chinese Caterpillar Fungus

Last updated by chinatravel at 2014/5/9

“Dong Chong Xia Cao” is also named “Dong Chong Cao” ——“Chong Cao” for short in Chinese, it is the complex of the body of worm and fungus formed by the caterpillar fungus of “ Hirsutella hepiali Chen et Shen” parasitized on the bat moth larva. China is the only one who possesses it, merely distributed on high mountain meadow region and the high mountain shrubs above sea level 3500—5000. The Chinese caterpillar fungus is sweet in flavor, mild but not dry in property tonic-nourishing but not stagnant. Its medical value ranges more widely than that’s of other kinds of Chinese traditional tonic medicines with no side effects. It can nourish lungs and kidneys, stanch bleeding and reduce phlegm, cure long-term cough and asthma, coughing blood caused by fatigue, impotence and emission.

Today the most common way to prepare the caterpillar fungus is to stew chicken or pig’s foot the caterpillar fungus.

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