Cordyceps Tincture Dual Extraction

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Label: Beneficial Botanicals
Botanical Name: Cordyceps militaris
Other Names: Caterpillar fungus
Parts Used: fruiting bodies (full spectrum)
Organic: yes Origin: USA, domestically cultivated
Gluten Free: yes
Extract Process: double extraction
Menstruum: organic alcohol, fresh living spring water
Alcohol by Volume: 45%
Ratio: 1:5

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This double extracted Cordyceps mushroom is made from the fruiting bodies of domestically grown C. militaris. The wild version of Cordyceps (C. sinensis), found on the Tibetan plateau in China, is considered a national treasure there. It is as valuable as gold, costing thousands of dollars per ounce. For this reason, obtaining the fungus in the wild is unsustainable, both ecologically and economically. Fortunately, C. militaris can easily and identifiably be domestically cultivated and has a compound profile very similar to C. sinensis. In fact as an added bonus, C. militaris produces the compound cordycepin in higher amounts than found in the wild C. sinensis.


What is a Double Extraction Method? In order to extract both alcohol and water soluble chemical compounds from this type of fungus, a dual method of extraction must be used to capture all the health benefits it has to offer. This process requires soaking the mushroom material for a period of time in alcohol followed by a hot water decoction for optimal extraction.

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Known for its many uses, a comprehensive summary of scientific research and studies on Cordyceps can be found in Stephen Buhner’s book Herbal Antivirals starting on page 288.


It is suggested to take Cordyceps with a high quality vitamin C supplement to help assimilation. For those of you doing your research, you may find suggested dosages in milliliters or grams. Here are approximate equivalents (water weight): 1 gram = 1 ml = 0.0338 fluid oz. = 20 drops

For health maintenance: 20-40 drops 3 times per day, with meals

For disease-specific dosages: It is best to consult with an alternative healthcare practitioner.

Length of Time: According to author Christopher Hobbs, experimenting with Cordyceps for a period of six weeks is reasonable.

When to Take: Cordyceps may have wakeful or energizing effects. You may want to avoid taking this tincture near bedtime.

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- Avoid using Cordyceps if you have an auto-immune disease or bleeding disorder.
- Stop taking Cordyceps two weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.
- Because Cordyceps exhibits immunomodulatory activity, do not take with an immunosuppressant.
- Do not take Cordyceps with anticoagulants, antiplatelet drugs, testosterone, Prednizone, or other steroids.
- If you have low blood sugar, Cordyceps may have hypoglycemic effects that further lower blood sugar levels.

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Chamyuang, Sunita et al. “New insights into cordycepin production in Cordyceps militaris and applications.” Annals of translational medicine vol. 7,Suppl 3 (2019): S78. doi:10.21037/atm.2019.04.12

Steve Chen, Zhaoping Li, Robert Krochmal, Marlon Abrazado, Woosong Kim, and Christopher B. Cooper. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. May 2010.585-590.

Scientific American. Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD. The Scientific Evidence for the Health Benefits of Cordyceps. October 2019.

Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide. Storey Publishing 2020

The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms & Lichens of North America. Author: Robert Rogers, RH. North Atlantic Books 2011

Herbal Antivirals: natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections. Author: Stephen Harrod Buhner. Storey Publishing 2013


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider and should not be construed to indicate that the use of this herbal product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this herbal product.

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