Bhutan Cordyceps healing power tricks? Codyceps sinensis mycelium can infact be cultivated as a way to get the benefits of the mushroom without the astronomical cost and high ecological impact of wild harvesting the fruiting bodies. There is a lot of research to show that this mycelium, known as Cs-4, does indeed contain the same active compounds as the wild Cordyceps fruiting body- if grown properly. There are a couple different ways you can produce cordyceps mycelium- with the two methods yielding massively different results. The best way to produce Cs-4 (really the only way to do it right) is to grow the mycelium in a nutrient rich liquid culture. Picture large fermentation tanks, with the strands of mycelium suspended in a liquid, rapidly growing and expanding. Once the mycelium has expanded as much as it can, it is pulled out of the liquid, dried, and pulverized into a powder that is 100% pure mycelium.
Kingdom of Bhutan also known as the Land of Thunder Dragon is a landlocked country in South Asia. The tiny Himalayan nation is sandwiched between two giants, India and China. Bhutan was once isolated from the world until tourism began in 1974. This enigmatic Buddhist Kingdom is well known for its unique culture, breathtaking landscapes and Gross National Happiness philosophy. Bhutan is also one of the world champions in environmental protection and agriculture is one of the main sources of income for the Bhutanese. Hence, cordyceps are very unique and significant agricultural products for Bhutan. It is a truly intriguing country where one can only know and witness the charm by transporting themselves there physically.
Certain varieties of Cordyceps grow parasitically on the caterpillars of particular moths. Some species of Cordyceps are called “winter worm” (these mushrooms grow on a caterpillar, after killing it and filling it with mycelium) and “summer grass”. These endangered mushrooms only occurs in the high mountains (the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau) in southwestern China and Tibet. Fortunately, the mycelia of Cordyceps sinensis can also be grown domestically, using a substrate such as rice. Read more info at cordyceps sinensis.
The Royal Government of Bhutan legalized the harvesting of cordyceps in 2004. Since then, cordyceps have been harvested extensively in the alpine meadows of the country at elevations of above 5000 meters above sea level. Environmental conditions play a key determinant in the quality of the cordyceps. When it comes to harvesting, only handpicking is allowed to ensure that there is minimal damage to the environment. The harvesting of cordyceps in Bhutan is highly regulated. Only households belonging from specific region is allowed to harvest and harvesting is only allowed for a month period.
The livelihood of the people of Chhoekhor Toed in Bumthang has been transformed since the collection and sale of Cordyceps in the country was legalised in 2004. A huge amount of money acquired from Cordyceps collection has been spent on household ration, construction of houses and on children’s education. At this time of the year, most houses at Chhoekhor Toed in Bumthang remain locked. Only students and some elderly people can be seen in the villages, as most of the young people are in the mountains, collecting Cordyceps – the prized fungus. Find even more details at this website.