An extract from the wild mushroom Cordyceps sinensis shows promising results in the battle against multiple kinds of cancer.
A low dosage of the extract makes cells grow less in an uncontrolled manner and a high dosage has influences on the clotting of cancer cells. A British research team at the University of Nottingham have discovered this.
The team published this remarkable find in an international scientific journal. The mushroom grows on pods of moths in the heights of Tibet. The wild mushroom has been known in China for ages for its medicinal properties. In 1950 the first scientific articles were published about its possible effects on cancer.
The mushroom disappeared from view, because it was very hard to get material to conduct research on. The British research team have found a way to make an artificial extract of the active substance called cordycepin.
The researchers have conducted test with just cordycepin and cordycepin in combination with other anti cancer medications. The researchers think that it can serve as a raw material for a whole new generation of anti cancer medicines.
The cordyceps sinensis grows in groups and its collected in spring. Traders are paying high prices for the mushroom, that is getting to be rare.
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