Ophiocordyceps Sinensis has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well
as Traditional Tibetan medicine. The hand-collected fungus-caterpillar combination is valued
by herbalists, it is used as an aphrodisiac and treatment for ailments such as fatigue and cancer, although such
use is mainly based on traditional Chinese medicine and anecdote.
O. Sinensis is known in the West as a Medicinal Mushroom, was unaware of
Ophiocordyceps prior to 1993. It was then dramatically caught the world's eye due to the performance of three
female Chinese athletes, Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia, and Zhang Linli. Who broke five world records for 1,500, 3,000 and
10,000 meter dashes at the National Games in Beijing.
Also, recent research seems to indicate a variety of beneficial effects in animal
testing, including increased physical endurance through heightened ATP production in rats.