Back when I started discovering all that incredible Daoism / Taoism knowledge and Chinese medicine had handed down in the east through the centuries, I fell in love with their philosophy. In particular, their reverence for herbs was beautiful.
And the thing is, I love getting to the root of things. I love exploring where these herbs originally came from, what caused them to develop their shape, their color, their smell... all the powerful constituents they contain…
This desire eventually lead me down the rabbit hole, reading about the highlands of the Himalayas; legend has it, that the locals discovered Cordyceps sinensis somewhere up there. The farmers had noticed that after their yaks grazed in a specific area all the way up at an altitude of 3,800 meters, these animals became EXTREMELY strong and virile.
Magic himalayan grass?
Sometime in the 1980s, a couple of super smart Chinese mushroom nerds got together and developed CS-4 out of Cordyceps sinensis - a very potent, very affordable strain of the original mushroom. Growing on liquid ferment, this medicinal mushroom is 100% vegan, paleo friendly and packs the same punch his wild relative does.
Grown via liquid fermentation, means that an organic rice soup is made, and the cordyceps mycelium grows in this soup, eating the starch (which is basically a sugar) from the rice. Unlike mushrooms grown on a grain substrate, our cordy contains no (that is, zero) grain residue in its mycelium. This means you get more bang for your buck, instead of a bunch of ground up oats for $50.
This is the only herb we’re happy to cultivate in a lab, just because the environment in which the foragers harvesting cordy is really dangerous (on average, 3-5 men a year are said to die in pursuit of the prized cordyceps worm). That also means you can be sure that our cordy is always pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free, doesn’t contain any heavy metals and is harvested at the perfect time. And like all our epic herbs, you can always request our Certificates of Analysis or our independent certification which tests for pesticides, aflatoxins, molds and heavy metals.
Besides, wild cordyceps is increasingly rare as it is overharvested to sell on the international herb market, so let’s save some for the yaks! Plus we are committed to always harvesting our herbs with longevity for the planet in mind.
Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? And if you want to get the full low down on our cultivated vegan cordyceps, check out Cordyceps Medicinal Mushroom and Its Amazing Benefits Article.
I had already been practicing cycle tracking and ritual for some years, but this practice immediately brought me into deeper presence and connection with my body, helped to slow me down and brought in another layer reverence to something I had been taught to fear, ignore or hate.