Let’s be honest.
It’s not just “cold and flu” season.
The winter months bring on a deluge of all sorts of respiratory infections.
And one of the most understood ones is bronchitis.
Your doc might call it a “chest cold”… but if you’ve ever hacked up a lung yourself, you know it’s so much more than that.
If he throws an antibiotic at you, it could actually make you feel WORSE.
And since most cases of acute bronchitis are actually caused by a virus and not bacteria, an antibiotic won’t make your airways ANY better.
This winter, it’s time to jump OFF the antibiotic bandwagon… and get hip to a mushroom that the Chinese have been using for ages to recover COMPLETELY from bronchitis.
Clear the air… from the inside
Most medicinal mushrooms have become mainstream enough now to not raise any eyebrows.
But this one might take a leap of faith to try…
It’s cordyceps… and it’s not your grandmother’s portobello.
While there are more than 400 species of cordyceps, there are two whose healing powers we know the most about:
- Cordyceps sinesis grows on insects – hence the nickname “caterpillar mushroom.”
- Cordyceps militaris is also a parasite, but it grows on rice and other cereal grains.
Both species of this crazy insect mushroom can reduce inflammation in your airways, but that’s not all.
Inflammation causes the mucous buildup that blocks your air passages, making it nearly impossible to breathe.
Less inflammation means clearer passageways.
Cordyceps can also boost your body’s own defenses to fight off a virus that no drug can touch.
And it makes the cells that line your bronchial tubes work better, which means it can improve your respiratory function.
Cordyceps militaris has even been proven effective as a treatment for chronic bronchitis.
It can reduce not only the cough… but also the wheezing and the phlegm.
Cordyceps grows naturally in the highlands of the Himalayas, making it incredibly difficult to harvest from the wild and expensive to buy.
Fortunately, the Chinese have figured out how to cultivate it — and in the case of Cordyceps sinesis, without using bugs.
You may be able to find whole, dried cordyceps at your local health food store. You can use them as the Chinese do, by adding them to soups and stews.
You can make a tea from cordyceps powder or take it in capsule form — sometimes sold by its revised scientific name, Ophiocordyceps sinesis, or its Traditional Chinese Medicine name, Dong Chong Xia Cao or simply “chong cao,” a.k.a. “insect plant.”