IN PRAISE OF THE HUMBLE MUSHROOM CORDYCEPS MILITARISAbstract
Cordyceps militaris is an important medicinal mushroom useful for the extraction of several bio-metabolites for natural drugs to revitalize the various physiological systems of the body from the ancient era. The constituents of C. militaris are now using widely in the modern pharmaceutical industries. The active principles of C. militaris are beneficial to act principally as pro-sexual, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, and anti-oxidant agent, let alone its others beneficial activities for most of the systems of the body. In addition, it has lots of clinical applications. The prospects of this novel mushroom could be used not only for modern medicinal manufacturers, but also for the community people for the betterment of their health. The present review highlights the importance of this medicinal mushroom C. militaris, also aiming to draw necessary attention of the researchers as a frontier one.
Shonkor Kumar Das*, Mina Masuda and Akihiko Sakurai
Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui, Japan
15 March, 2010
26 April, 2010
15 May, 2010
01 June, 2010