Chinese caterpillar fungus, as the name suggests, is a kind of fungus. Because of its growing process, it is also called winter-worm summer-herb.
Winter-worm summer-herb is a precious medicinal material for preserving health, ranking top three together with ginseng and deer antler. It can be made into medicines, but is also edible as a delicacy with high nutritional value. Because of its unique and excellent medicinal and health-preserving functions, some people regard it as omnipotent, and even harmless and beneficial for people with no illness. But as the saying goes, medicines are 30% poisonous no matter what. Winter-worm summer-herb can cause harm when used improperly. Chinese Traditional Medicine holds the opinion that the human body should be balanced between Yin and Yang. Some people are Yin-deficiency-Yang-preponderance. In this case, winter-worm summer-herb can be harmful to the body. So consumers should consult doctors before eating it. Winter-worm summer-herb can be nourishing, but only under certain circumstances.