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What are some precautions about taking cordyceps?

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It’s used in traditional Chinese medicine. Cordyceps come from a fungus that grows on caterpillars. Some people take it to boost energy and to feel better. But the evidence isn’t very strong that cordyceps has real health benefits.

Cordyceps is generally safe, but it may cause upset stomach, nausea, and dry mouth in some people. We don’t know if it’s safe for children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You shouldn’t take it if you have cancer, diabetes, or a bleeding disorder, as it can interact with medications you take for those conditions.

From: Cordyceps WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian LJ ed, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: About Herbs: "Cordyceps."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Cordyceps."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Cordyceps."

Cochrane Database Syst Rev:  " Cordyceps sinensis (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease."

J Diet Suppl: "Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian LJ ed, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: About Herbs: "Cordyceps."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Cordyceps."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Cordyceps."

Cochrane Database Syst Rev:  " Cordyceps sinensis (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease."

J Diet Suppl: "Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 13, 2017

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