Our Cordyceps sinensis are grown by controlled cultivation. The basis of the nutrient solution is cane sugar, crushed yellow beans, glucose, peptones for growing Cordyceps mycelium. The part of the mushroom used is mycelium of liquid culture.
In ancient China and Tibet, Cordyceps (caterpillar fungus, Cordyceps sinensis) has been one of the most valuable mushrooms used for harmonisation of the body and mind. This parasitic fungus is a richsource of beta-glucan, minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
Thanks to biofermentation and subsequent processing with the method of hot-water extraction, we offer a high-quality extract from mycelium of cordycepsin the ideal active substances ratio for the best results:
Cordyceps sinensis (Dongchonxiacao, yartsa gunbu caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis) pertains to the genus cordyceps, which also includes Cordyceps militaris, Cordyceps liangshamensis and Cordyceps gunnii etc. (nearly 700 species have been discovered), it’s a sac fungi (Ascomycota), which is edible and parasitic. Its spores will stick to the surface of insect larvae and then fill the entire shell with its sclerotia, from which the ripe mushroom will grow. Cordyceps grows in altitudes above 3,500 metres and especially in the Tibetan moutnains and in the Chinese provinces Sichuan, Yunnan etc. The mushroom is gathered in the period between April and August. However, there aren’t many of them left in the wild. Over the past 25 years, its incidence has fallen by 90%, which of course has increased its value in the market, and so the mushroom is also cultivated artificially. The demand for Cordyceps is mainly due to its effects on human health. The power of Cordyceps has been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine for thousands of years. There are stories, which describe how yak herders noticed a change in animals, if they grazed on Cordyceps. Such animals were more vital, stronger, healthier and more potent. Written records about the mushroom can be traced back to 620 AD. The Western world only learned about Cordyceps in 1726, when it was introduced at a mycological conference in Paris. However, at that time, the Western world had no idea about the effects of Cordyceps. This changed, albeit much later, due to the fact thatnbsp;in 1964, Cordyceps was officially registered among herbal medicines in Chinese pharmacology.
You can find more information about effects of Cordyceps at Mushroom Collection or in the section Effects.
Most of our raw mushroom material comes from China. Ecology isn’t often a priority for contemporary China. Therefore, it’s difficult, but at the same time necessary to seek absolutely pure nature untouched by industry for cultivation of medicinal mushrooms. MycoMedica mainly uses mushrooms grown in in the Fujian, Anhui and Jiangxi provinces, where there are areas virtually untouched by civilisation. Pesticides, heavy metals, microorganisms, moulds, radioactivity are a danger, which raw mushroom material must be protected against unconditionally.
All the raw mushroom material we use to produce our mushroom products is tested before processing in Agrolab, an independent German laboratory for more than 500 types of known heavy metals, pesticides and microorganisms that are harmful to humans. We are able to present these tests on request.
Classic tests conducted by the German lab. Agrolab have now been expanded with testing forpolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have carcinogenic effects, which can affect fetal development and are also linked to cardiovascular diseases. See here.
The final production of our products takes place under the strictest hygienic conditions in the Czech Republic. For our production, we use the standards ISO 9001/2009, certified HACCP and the system of quality IFS.
We also offer free advisory services for our products.
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We train experts in mycotherapy, who can use our mushrooms effectively in their practice. We also hold international seminars on medicinal mushrooms, these are attended by leading experts on this issue.
If we want to use as many active substances as possible from mushrooms, we must process them allowing them to disrupt the chitinous envelope of the mushroom cell. Humans don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest chitin, so they’re unable to release active substances from the mushroom cell wall during digestion and instead they excrete them from their organism.
It’s possible to produce a decoction from dried mushrooms. However, this traditional method requires a large number of mushrooms to achieve therapeutic effects.
b) mushroom powder or biomass
Dried mushrooms are ground to a very fine powder. This partially disturbs the chitin envelope and the body is then able to extract active substances from the mushroom.
We can break the chitin barrier using gentle extraction with hot water and extract the maximum amount of active substances from the mushroom. In the case of most kinds of mushrooms, it’s also necessary to perform condensation using ethanol at the end of the extraction process (the so-calleddouble extraction ), as some active substances are water insoluble.
Extraction is the most optimal method for processing mushrooms for medical purposes. This is why the overwhelming majority of medical studies are conducted with extracts and not with mushroom powder.
The main, although not the only active substances of medicinal mushrooms are polysaccharides (mainly β-(1, 3)-D-glucans). While dried powder contains about 0.5‒3% polysaccharides, our extracts contain 30%.
Another good argument for the use of MycoMedica mushrooms is that a great many doctors and Chinese medicine practitioners are working with our products and they’ve had only the best experience with them. Seehere.
We also use MycoMedica products in our doctor’s office, so we have everyday feedback on their beneficial effects.
Some companies use entirely common raw mushroom material for processing, in order to achieve a higher percentage of polysaccharide content. Common labs won’t recognise the difference. However, this raw material has minimal therapeutic effects. If indeed, it has any at all. Together with our German colleagues, we have been testing all raw mushroom material, so that it contains only high-quality mushroom polysacharides..
Some Chinese companies, in order to achieve microbiological purity of extracts, expose mushrooms to the effects of radioactive radiation, which destroys microorganisms. We emphasise that MycoMedica products aren’t exposed to radiation in in any phase of production.
Some Chinese manufacturers don’t respect traditional manufacturing practices. For example, mushroom drying must be done slowly and in sunshine. This is why it’s so important for us to cooperate only with proven growers and processors of raw mushroom material. We don’t use any unverified raw material in our products.
We don’t take our motto QUALITY - SAFETY - EFFICIENCY lightly. Thanks to this, we have gradually become the most important East European producer of products from medicinal mushrooms.
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