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   Properties: Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, it is tropistic to the lung and kidney channels. Being sweet, neutral, moist and not very dry in property, and mild in action, it reinforce Qi and Yin mildly, invigorate Yang and supplement vital essence, and is used as an excellent tonic for tonifying the lung and kidney. It serves to treat chronic cough in the type of both lung-and kidney-deficiency, impotence due to consuption of kidney essence and weakness because of aging or chronic diseases.

Effects: supplementing the lung and kidney, stopping cough and relieving asthma.


1. For kidney-deficiency with impotence, lumbago and spermatorrhea, it can be taken alone in form of wine infusion or used together with other herbs for reinforcing the kidney and strengthening Yang.

2. For deficiency of both the lung and kidney manifested as chronic cough and asthma in deficiency type, it is often used with herbs for tonifying the lung and kidney, such as Radix Genseng, Semen Juglandis, Fructus Psoraleae, Radix Astragali seu Hedysari, etc; for phthisical cough in type of Yin-deficiency, night sweating and hemoptysis, it is used with herbs for nourishing Yin, moistening the lung, arresting cough and stopping bleeding, such as Rhizoma Anemarrhenae, Colla Corii Asinin, Radix Ophiopogonis, Rhizoma Bletillae, etc.

Dosage and Administration: 5-10g, used in bolus or compound powder.

This product is very valuable in China.

If you want to place the order of this herb, please Email us. Sean Spring

A mud-like residue is noticeable at the root part of the Chinese caterpillar fungus sold at a drug store in Shangri-la, Yunnan province.

Chinese caterpillar fungus is a rare health food that is widely known for both its tonic effect and remarkable market value.

However, insiders have revealed that at least half of the Chinese caterpillar fungus currently sold at local markets in
Shangri-la, capital city of southeast China's Yunnan province are adulterated.
The report says that local sellers often secretly attach small objects such as mud, crabsticks and prod on the caterpillar fungus to increase their weight when they are sold at a price of around 450 yuan (about 67 U.S. dollars ) per gram ,1800 Twig per kg at drug stores in the city.

"The mud attached on our products is not too much compared to other drug stores. Nowadays Chinese caterpillar fungus is more expensive than gold, so sellers try anything to increase their weight," a local drugstore worker was quoted as saying.

The move may pose a potential threat to consumer health as the tonic could contain certain harmful "metallic ingredients" according to the report.

The report also says that almost all the caterpillar fungus sold in the city, ranging from a price of 90 yuan to more than 200 yuan per gram, 3000Twig per kg, are labeled as being "produced in Tibet or Qinghai", which are known as the best producers of the tonic.

What's worse, "herbal medicines that look similar to Chinese caterpillar fungus are wrongly sold at some drug stores as Chinese caterpillar fungus", according to a drug owner surnamed Lin, who operates 30 stores in the city.

for long-term consumption of these fake tonics not only brings no benefit to a person's health, but is also likely to lead to dizziness, vomiting and palpitations.

Although capable of promoting immunity, stopping bleeding and clearing phlegm, the report also warns that Chinese Caterpillar Fungus is not suitable to all age groups, particularly Children. Cold sufferers should also avoid taking this tonic.

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