Himalayan Viagra

Himalayan ViagraAbout Ophiocordyceps sinensis: It is a caterpillar fungus endemic to the Himalayan and Tibetan plateau.

Conservation Status:

  • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable

 Habitat: In India, it is primarily found in Uttarakhand in the higher reaches of districts Pithoragarh and Chamoli. Apart from India, It is also found in China, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Other Names: It is locally known as Kira Jari (in India), Yartsagunbu (in Tibet) and Yarsagumba (in Nepal).

Characteristics: The Himalayan Viagra has many medicinal benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties that promote vitality and increase physical stamina. It is also found effective in treating tuberculosis. The herb is used to treat lung disorders and respiratory infections, due to its antibiotic properties.

Significance: It is used as a tonic and therapeutic medicine in Tibet and China. In recent times, it has also been widely traded as an aphrodisiac.

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