Winter worm, summer grass
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is a fungus that parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body valued as an herbal remedy. The fungus germinates in the living larva, kills and mummifies it, and then the stalk-like fruiting body emerges from the corpse. It is known in English colloquially as caterpillar fungus, or by its more prominent foreign names (see below): yartsa gunbu or yatsa gunbu (Tibetan), or Dōng chóng xià cǎo (Chinese: 冬虫夏草; literally "winter worm, summer grass"). Of the various entomopathogenic fungi, Ophiocordyceps sinensis is one that has been used for at least 2000 years to treat many diseases related to lungs, kidney, and also used as a natural Viagra. This fungus is not yet cultivated commercially, despite the fact that several fermentable strains of Ophiocordyceps sinensis are isolated by Chinese Scientists. Overharvesting and over exploitation have led to the classification of O. sinensis as an endangered species in China. Additional research needs to be carried out in order to understand its morphology and growth habit for conservation and optimum utilization.
The moths in which O. sinensis grows are ambiguously referred to as "ghost moth", which identifies either a single species or the genus Thitarodes, and the species parasitized by O. sinensis may be one of several Thitarodes that live on the Tibetan Plateau (Tibet, Qinghai, West-Sichuan, SW-Gansu & NW Yunnan), and the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Bhutan).
O. sinensis is known in the West as a medicinal mushroom, and its use has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well as Traditional Tibetan medicine. The hand-collected fungus-caterpillar combination is valued by herbalists and as a status symbol; it is used as an aphrodisiac and treatment for ailments such as fatigue and cancer, although such use is mainly based on traditional Chinese medicine and anecdote. Recent research however seems to indicate a variety of beneficial effects in animal testing, including increased physical endurance through heightened ATP production in rats.

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19.03.2010 · Look for a worm like herb in the soup. It has a black head floating on top of the soup.
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Black Dragon Tea Bar: Winter Worm Summer Grass - 冬蟲夏草茶
Dec 8, 2008 ... My parents gave me a bag of Winter Worm Summer Grass, and these fugus are expensive. I put one in my hot tea or put severals in the soup.
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Jul 7, 2008 ... Winter worm, summer grass - Lhamotso never learned to read and write, and she has few marketable skills other than the ability to milk a yak.
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Aug 18, 2011 ... Literally translated as “summer grass, winter worm,” it forms when a parasitic fungus invades the burrowing larva of a ghost moth, transforms ...
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Its name in Chinese Dōng chóng xià cǎo (冬蟲夏草) means "Winter worm, summer grass" (i.e., "worm in the winter, [turns to] plant in the summer"). The Chinese ...
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Translated from Tibetan, this means “summer grass, winter worm,” although it is technically neither grass nor worm. It's the underground-dwelling larva of one of ...
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Yartsa Gunbu: Summer Grass, Winter Worm
Nov 29, 2012 ... The yartsa gunbu, meaning "summer grass, winter worm" in Tibetan, is a type of fungus. The spores attach themselves to the larva of a ghost ...
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A caterpillar fungus that is antitussive, expectorant, stimulant, and tonic; it is said to strengthen the immune system, improve renal function in patients with lupus ...
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Healing Mushrooms: Effective Treatments for Today's Illnesses
Healing Mushrooms: Effective Treatments for Today's Illnesses
Georges M. Halpern, 2007
The mushroom is also called the “caterpillar fungus” on account of its origin, and, less frequently, “Winter worm, summer grass” because the ancient Chinese believed that the fungus was an animal in winter and a vegetable in summertime.
The Monkey and the Inkpot: natural history and its transformations ...
The Monkey and the Inkpot: natural history and its transformations ...
Carla Nappi, Carla Suzan Nappi, 2010
If it is not harvested, it returns to the earth in winter and transforms back into an insect.15 “Winter worm, summer grass” was thus named after the strange transformations that it underwent. Neither strictly animal nor entirely vegetable, the ...
Diseases of the Kidney and Bladder: Diagnosis and Treatment with ...
Diseases of the Kidney and Bladder: Diagnosis and Treatment with ...
Wei Li, Wei Li & David Frierman (with Ben Luna and Bob Flaws), David Frierman, 2006
The literal English name of this medicinal is "Winter worm, summer grass." The worm is the "root," while the "summer grass" (the sprouted fungus) is the "sprout." In the Ben Cao Wen Da (Questions & Answers on the Materia Medica), Rong ...
Clavicipitalean Fungi: Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, ...
Clavicipitalean Fungi: Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, ...
James F. White, 2003
... C. sinensis is prepared as a water extract or cooked. The tonic has been consumed safely for hundreds of years by local people, who referred to it as “ Dong-Zhong-Chang-Cao,” which translates as “Winter worm, summer grass” ( sometimes it ...
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Congjie Liang, Dongping Yang, 2007
The literary meaning of Dongchong Xiacao is “Winter worm, summer grass,” an allusion to its remarkable lifecycle described below. This rare and exotic species is found at high altitudes on the Himalayan Plateau. It has long been one of the ...
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Paper Writers: Winter Worm Summer Grass
Yartsa gunbu (Winter worm, summer grass) Does anyone know any kind of funding intimacy which is both animal- and plant-like conformation? Today, I will introduce such kind of living thing. We call it dongchong xiacao (Winter worm, summer grass)in mandarine.
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Yartsa Gunbu: Summer Grass, Winter Worm
Yartsa Gunbu: Summer Grass, Winter Worm
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NewsDaily: 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest rush shuts Nepal schools
The annual rush to the hills by villagers keen to harvest a rare aphrodisiac fungus dubbed "Himalayan Viagra" has emptied rural schools in Nepal and forced them to shut, a local official said Tuesday.Parents, students and even teachers have left home in pursuit of "yarchagumba", a high-altitude caterpillar fungus which is eagerly sought for its reputed sexual enhancement."In this district alone, about 8,000 students have left school for the expedition," Prakash Subedi, an official at Jajarkot...
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Insect Hosts Identified for Medicinal Fungus ‘Winter Worm, Summer Grass’ | Inspiring Discoveries | Science | Epoch Times
Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), have recognized potential host insects for the Tibetan fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, known in Chinese medicine as the “Winter worm, summer grass” (dong chong xia cao).
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The China Watch » Fungus trade problems remain despite rules
Price of 'winter worm summer grass' exhibits steep increase There are countless tales of people marrying for money — but for mushrooms? In one area of the Tibet autonomous region, marriages of convenience by coup
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Black Dragon Tea Bar: Winter Worm Summer Grass - 冬蟲夏草茶
On May 11, 2008, Nicole (my little sister), Justice (Nicole's then-fiance now-husband), Andrea (Justice's little sister), David (my tea buddy), Gwen (David's girlfriend), and I were all having a nice time playing tourist in Taipei. We six laowai (老外) (old foreigners) were walking from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall to Taipei 101 when we came across a big poster announcing: "The 4th Taipei Vegetarian and Organics Festival 2008.
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Token Asian Friend: Ode to Winter-Worm Summer-Grass
You once were a caterpillar, pupating in the groundUp in Tibet with the snow all around. But then you ate up or breathed in something funnyNow you are dry and worth lots of money.
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