Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi.
When a Cordyceps fungus attacks a host, the mycelium invades and eventually replaces the host tissue, while the elongated fruit body (ascocarp) may be cylindrical, branched, or of complex shape. 
There are more than 400 species of Cordyceps has been discovered by the researchers.
Cordyceps are used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine, used for general health. Cordyceps act as a powerful immune booster. It stimulates the immune system by increasing the number and boosting the activity of natural killer cells (a type of white blood cell), which protect the body from viruses and bacteria.

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