Japanese name – Tochukas
Chinese name – Dong Chong Xia Cao
English name – Caterpillar Fungus
Cordyceps has traditionally been used as a supplement for the elderly and those recovering from long illness.
The main species used are: Ophiocordyceps sinensis (formerly Cordyceps sinensis) and cordycepin-rich Cordyceps militaris although other organisms have also been isolated from wild cordyceps specimens including Paecilomyces hepiali (CS4).