Stinging Nettle is a herb that many people are aware of even if natural medicines don’t interest them at all – it’s one of the easiest plants to identify simply because brushing against it with bare skin can result in an irritating rash! This is because the stems and the undersides of the leaves are covered with tiny needle-like hairs that contain formic acid which results in contact-dermatitis when they come into contact with the skin. It burns but the rash usually subsides quite quickly. This has led modern people to view stinging nettle as little more than an irritating nuisance that spreads rapidly and needs eliminating! The truth is that it’s a potent nutritive substance with an array of incredible health benefits.
When people start getting into herbs, they often become very excited about the diversity of plants and their plethora of therapeutic actions, and they begin learning about the health benefits of different substances and most importantly, they begin consuming them. After a short time has passed and the budding herbal gannet has consumed a small truckload of herbs and supplements, a question naturally arises: “Should I take herbs every day…?”
Immediately after being born, Jivaka was abandoned and left to die on a rubbish heap by his Mother. Later that day however, Prince Abaya was passing the nearby rubbish dump on his way to the palace when he heard the baby crying. He was so moved to find the baby still alive that he committed to adopt the child and raise him as his own.
Cordyceps is one of the most highly prized natural medicines on Earth. It is ranked as valuable and effective as wild Ginseng, Reishi Mushroom and Deer Antler. Cordyceps parasitises insects by firstly taking control of the hosts nervous system and moving to a more suitable location to release reproductive spores. This behaviour contributes enormously to the biodiversity of the surrounding natural environment, and there are many different types of Cordyceps that live in a large variety of different ecosystems, and each type of Cordyceps focuses solely on a single species of insect.
Cordyceps Sinensis is native to the Tibetan Plateau and surrounding Himalayan regions of India, Nepal and Bhutan and parasitises the larvae of Ghost Moths, which is why it has been popularly labelled as the “caterpillar fungus”. The Tibetan name for it is “Yartsa Gunbu”, which literally translates as “summer grass, winter worm”. Himalayan Cordyceps affects larvae that are hibernating 6 inches below soil level by ensuring their heads are vertically upright so that when the fruiting body of the mushroom is produced, it can penetrate the soil and extend upwards, releasing spores to be carried and dispersed by alpine winds. By the time the fruiting body has fully matured, it has completely replaced all of the original tissue of the host organism. So although Himalayan Cordyceps may look exactly like a caterpillar with a slightly twisted club emerging from its head, the body of the caterpillar is now 100% made up of fungal cells – it contains no original tissue whatsoever.
Cordyceps has been used as a potent medicinal substance since antiquity – a privilege that was enjoyed exclusively by royalty and noblemen throughout the ages right up until very recent history. In Tibetan Medicine it is used for people with kidney and heart weakness and to enhance fertility in both men and women. In traditional Chinese medicine Cordyceps is revered for its ability to regenerate both the yin & yang aspects of our primordial essence – our jing. Jing is an energetic phenomenon that is considered to be the subtlest and most refined aspect of the physical body. On the one hand it represents our youthfulness, resilience and ability to heal (yin), and on the other hand it is our core vitality that allows us to be active in the world and fulfil our purpose in this life (yang), maintaining our lustre without wilting from stress and disease. So Cordyceps is believed to replenish this most subtle essence while enabling us to put it to use without the risk of running our batteries too low. It is used to help people recover from over-exertion – it restores energy at the deepest level and allows us to adapt to the many stressors we encounter in life with minimal negative impact. This is why Cordyceps is famed for its anti-aging properties, and also why it is such a potent tonic for the kidneys, because the kidneys are considered to be the ‘containers’ of this jing essence.
Our jing is also what offers us the potential to reproduce – if we have a strong sense of vitality we will produce robust and vibrant offspring. Decreased jing however indicates weakness in our genetic lineage, and if this essence becomes too depleted we may not be able to reproduce at all. Cordyceps has long been used as a remedy for impotence, infertility and frigidity – it can restore our spent sexual vigour and act as an effective aphrodisiac.
As a qi tonic Cordyceps improves appetite and digestion, fortifies immunity and offers incredible respiratory support by increasing lung capacity and dilating the alveoli, and consequently enhancing oxygen absorption and utilisation on a cellular level. This makes it a powerful ally for those with general respiratory weakness, wheezing and chest tightness or people living with asthma or chronic bronchitis. This is also one reason why Cordyceps possesses such a formidable reputation as one of the greatest performance enhancing herbs, but also because it strengthens the lower back, hips, knees and ankles. It increases our physical endurance, enhances healing and recovery and has been used as a tonic for athletes and those who are very active physically. This is in fact how knowledge of Cordyceps first began to permeate the western world, because three female athletes broke 5 world records for track running at the Beijing National Games in 1993. This phenomenal achievement attracted suspicion, particularly because all three athletes were on the same team, however they all tested negative for narcotics. When questioned, their coach explained that the team had been consuming daily doses of a herbal formula as part of their training, and the primary herb in that formula was Cordyceps.
Traditionally it has also been used for enhancing mental clarity and improving focus and concentration, building mental stamina and allowing people to rest their attention on a single subject/object for extended periods of time without the usual signs of fatigue and exhaustion. This has also made it an invaluable support for meditation – especially lengthy retreats that require the individual to remain in focused contemplation for many hours at a time.
Since being subject to the modern scrutiny of scientific analysis, it has proven to share many genuine health benefits with us such as:
- modulating the immune system by enhancing the activity of macrophages & natural killer cells
- regulating blood sugar
- possesses unique polysaccharides (cordycepic acids) that inhibit tumour growth of a number of different types of cancer including leukaemia
- protects against a wide range of pathogenic organisms including lyme
- an effective antiviral that is used to treat HIV
- inhibiting cholesterol build-up within the heart/aorta
- dilating blood vessels while under stress
- improves physical endurance/anti-fatigue
- improves respiratory function & increases lung capacity
- significantly improves sexual function in both men & women
- high antioxidant content
- excellent tonic for the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs
So much of the ancient wisdom of this rare and precious substance has been validated through contemporary scientific studies, which has led to a dramatic increase in its demand throughout much of the world. As a consequence the wild-harvesting of Cordyceps throughout the Himalayas is closely monitored for the purpose of sustainability, although illegal poaching remains an unfortunate reality. Wild Cordyceps revenue now contributes the largest annual income for native Tibetan people and so there are many sides to this story – it is an important part of the culture and economy of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, but harvesting restrictions must be enforced if Cordyceps is to prevail in its natural environment. It is totally possible for it to continue thriving in the wild if harvesting and retail limits are honoured and respected, but this remains a very sensitive issue as Cordyceps is such an important natural resource with very high economic value throughout the Himalayas.
There are now cultivated varieties of Cordyceps available – most notably the CS-4 variety – which are very good and exhibit many of the same benefits as the wild fungus, although growing methods of many producers are unfortunately less than excellent. CS-4 is ultimately the best quality and most trusted form of this cultivated mushroom. The wild Tibetan variety is still considered to be the best, most effective Cordyceps in the world, and is by far the most expensive. Many of the eastern healing traditions consider that a great deal of this mushrooms’ power comes from the fact that it is from both plant and animal origin – it contains concentrated energies from both of these kingdoms, plus a lot of the potency is believed to emanate from the ‘wildness’ of the organism. This is something that cannot be said for the cultivated variety, as manually infecting the host insects with spores has never been successfully achieved, so the cultivated variety is grown on a substrate of cooked soybeans or grain slurry. This makes the cultivated variety 100% sustainable though, and a lot cheaper.
So Cordyceps has been revered as a sacred and majestic substance that can offer profound healing potential to those that consume it – a belief that has been intimately witnessed through and verified by the scientific lens during more recent history. It is a powerful tonic for the kidneys, lungs, liver and heart and can restore our core vitality at the deepest level, raising fertility, affording us protection from disease, supporting recovery from illness and injury, and increasing our adaptability to the trials and stresses of modern life.
The Wild Yogi’s Tonic is a rare and precious formula that has been quietly developing a classic reputation amongst health and spiritual enthusiasts since its release almost a year ago. What follows are the shared experiences of people that have been using this formula, and how it has supported them in healing and making progress on their personal journeys…
1) “As a yoga teacher, editor of a magazine and mother of two home educated daughters I need to be able to perform at my best physically and mentally so this tonic has been a real blessing for me. It contains three adaptogens that help to increase mental clarity, focus and concentration, increase oxygen absorption and support the nervous system.
Being extremely interested in Tibetan culture and spiritual heritage I was excited to learn about Tibetan Rhodiola, one of the key ingredients of the Wild Yogi’s Tonic. It is considered a sacred plant, excellent for lung health and very effective at balancing the hormonal system. I have found since taking this tonic that my adrenal function has improved. I am much less prone to bouts of high adrenal energy and the resulting crash. My energy levels and ability to focus are much more sustained and balanced. Another key ingredient, The Tibetan Goji Berry is said to have a profound effect on eye health as well as benefiting lungs, kidneys and liver. It is also hailed as longevity medicine and though I cannot comment on this I have certainly felt less strain on my kidneys since taking this tonic. It is interesting to note that Schizandra has such a powerful effect on the liver as I have noticed a real reduction in my anger levels since taking the tonic, much less reaction to common irritants.
I feel more balanced and stable in my emotional landscape. Across the whole of my body and mind I have witnessed benefits of taking this powerful and highly charged medicine. I would recommend this to anyone looking to live a more enhanced, energised and harmonious existence.” – Melissa Corkhill, yoga teacher and editor of The Green Parent Magazine – East Sussex, United Kingdom. Melissa’s Blog FaceBook Page The Green Parent Magazine
2) “I have several years’ experience with adaptogens, and I have found the Nyishar products to be the best quality & highest potency available, anywhere. The Wild Yogi’s Tonic has given me increased energy, specifically mental focus, & allowed me to break through several long-term habits & negative patterns. The Tonic also provides a beneficial androgenic effect, as well as noticible immune-system benefits. This Tonic is an essential part of my strategy.” – Gavin Wildon – Suffolk, United Kingdom.
3) “Adaptogens baby. This is where it’s at. A few months ago, I started using ashwagandha while on a stress detox. I had never heard of the word adoptogen before, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. Adaptogens promote homeostasis of the body and thereby decrease your cells likely hood of becoming stress monsters. So when a friend recently sent me a sample of the Wild Yogi’s Tonic, which is full of adaptogens, I knew I would be game.
This tonic is full of super hero goodness. It’s more than I can write about, but what I was most excited to see was wild Schizandra. This is a superstar for your liver. After years of diabolical treatment to my liver (yes I went to college), I knew my liver needed help. After a few weeks of using this, I feel like I have a happy liver. I am a big fan of supplements, and this tonic is on my top list.
Our world is so disconnected from nature, we work in cubicles, walk in shoes, and have no idea what a garden is. In my past life, I sometimes imagine that I was a medicine woman or a herb witch. Herbs grow in my garden like weeds these days. So when I use teas, herbs, and supplements I feel a deeper connection to an ancient world that is slowly slipping away. Let nature be thy medicine is my new motto. And I deserve to feel good is my second. This tonic has helped me connect to both of those concepts.” – Liv Mcrein, Ashtanga yoga teacher and health coach – Mackenbach, Germany. Liv’s Website
The Flying Potion is actually a major lifetime achievement. When I created it I knew there was something extremely special, powerful and unique about it, but I had no idea how popular it would become in such a short period of time and how many people it would help and support on such a profound level. This year it has developed a large following of people that swear by its transformative benefits and I have to admit, the feedback has been both humbling and awe-inspiring…
I have published some previous testimonials about the Flying Potion before (which you can read here), but I thought I would share a couple more with you now as they both moved and honoured me, and further established the awesome yet subtle power of this incredible formula…
“I stumbled upon the flying potion and I was instantly intrigued. Having had difficulties maintaining lucidity in the last couple of months I figured this might be that little extra push to help me get back on track. To begin with I didn’t really feel any effects but I persisted with it. My dreams were perhaps longer and a tad more vivid but I couldn’t quite get lucid. Being quite a regular lucid dreamer in the past (probably had no lucidity in the last 2 months) I felt disappointed but I began to notice a change in myself. Now I’ve suffered most of my life with quite complex mental health issues. Without going into too much detail I’ve had really bad depression for almost 10 years now as well as experiencing hallucinations and hearing voices. This is something I have to continuously battle and it makes functioning in day to day life very difficult. I’ve taken various meds that do provide some stability but not for very long.
After taking the flying potion for the last 2 weeks I feel absolutely amazing. I have more energy. I feel more positive. I’m starting to get motivation back. I feel more able to handle my problems and people say I’m nicer to be around (I’m normally a completely miserable fucker). It’s helping me see things in a different light and although this isn’t going to “cure” me of anything (I don’t wish to be “cured” anyway) this is definitely the pick me up I need to finally get my life on track. So I just wanted to say thank you. – Max Hunter, Yorkshire, UK.
“I just received a bottle of the Flying Potion from Nyishar. This is an excellent Shen formula for anyone who seeks a more spiritual peace. It contains a fine combination of herbs long known in China to raise conscious frequencies in and around a person. I highly recommend the Flying Potion for all spiritual mendicants, as well as for those who wish to break out of ideological ruts.” – Rehmannia Dean Thomas, Taoist Tonic Herbalist, Los Angeles, USA.