Recent Research on Pharmacological Activities of the Medicinal Fungus Cordyceps sinensis



The Cordyceps sinensis (CS) fungus is an herbal medicinal product in China with a history of over two millenniums. It exhibits a spectacular array of pharmacological activities encompassing anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-adipogenic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-aging, eryptosis inducing activities; ameliorating effect on pulmonary fibrosis, hypoxic pulmonary hypertension, and hypertension; protective action against viral myocarditis, stimulatory effect on corticosterone and androgen production, and enhancing effect on exercise performance in healthy older subjects. In this chapter we try to sketch out the recent progress on the pharmacological studies of CS, identify its current research hurdles, and recommend directions for future research.


LNCaP Cell Cockayne Syndrome Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension Dendritic Cell Sarcoma Cordyceps Sinensis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biomedical SciencesThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  2. 2.Laboratory of Molecular GerontologyNational Institute on Aging, National Institutes of HealthBaltimoreUSA

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