Ethnomycological use of medicinal chinese caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Berk.) G. H. Sung et al. (ascomycetes) in Northern Yunnan Province, SW China

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Ethnomycological use of medicinal chinese caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Berk.) G. H. Sung et al. (ascomycetes) in Northern Yunnan Province, SW China
Author(s)
J Chen; Sang Woo Lee; Y Cao; Y Peng; D Winkler; D Yang
Bibliographic Citation
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 427-434
Publication Year
2010
Abstract
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is a well-known medicinal mushroom in traditional oriental medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and traditional Tibetan medicine (TTM). It is endemic to alpine habitats on the Tibetan Plateau, located predominantly in Tibet and Tibetan autonomous prefectures of neighboring Provinces and the high Himalayas. This area includes parts of Northern Yunnan, but is inhabited by other ethnic groups. Although ethnopharmacological use among Tibetan people has been researched, such studies among other ethnic peoples are limited. This study aims to review the traditional uses of caterpillar fungus among Bai, Naxi, Lisu and Tibetan people living in the mountainous Northern Yunnan Province. Ethnomycological survey methods, interviews, participatory action research and field visits were conducted to elicit information on the uses of caterpillar fungus. In this paper, we have presented this traditional knowledge about collection, discovery, protection, and nutritional value, learned from these indigenous peoples. Of special interest is the range of diseases treated with O. sinensis and the corresponding methods of application. Furthermore, the diverse ethnic groups examined each have their own unique legends regarding O. sinensis.
Keyword
ChinaCordyceps sinensisEthnomycological surveyMedicinal mushrooms and fungiOphiocordyceps sinensisTraditional uses of mushroomsYunnan
ISSN
1521-9437
Publisher
Begell House Inc
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v12.i4.100
Type
Article
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Ochang Branch Institute > Division of Bioinfrastructure > International Biological Material Research Center > 1. Journal Articles
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