SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

How Asian herb can help fight Diabetes, Cancer and other illnesses

For centuries, it has been common knowledge that Asians have one of the longest life expectancies in the world and for decades, researchers have been searching for the reasons behind that phenomenon.

Dr. Nathalie Valkov – an expert in Oriental medicine and author of the book Cordyceps: Treating Diabetes, Cancer and Other Illnesses from Createspace ( – believes the secret lies in an Asian herb.

According to Valkov, Cordyceps, a type of Chinese mushroom, has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries to aid in the treatment of various autoimmune, pulmonary, cardiovascular and other illnesses.

“Recent clinical studies performed in China are now confirming the benefits of Cordyceps, providing the clinical proof to practitioners of Western medicine that the herb has some unique medicinal properties,” she said. “Herbal medicine is a part of oriental medicine and has been practiced for thousands of years. The Chinese pharmacopoeia is comprised of hundreds of herbs, minerals and animal products that are combined to suit the constitution, the imbalance and the immediate relief of symptoms of the individual being treated.”

While Western medicine has regarded some of these remedies as quackery, Valkov cautioned not to dismiss Cordyceps and effectiveness of Oriental herbs so rashly.

Some research has been published in which Cordyceps has been used to protect the bone marrow and digestive systems of mice from whole body irradiation. In addition, one experiment indicated Cordyceps may protect the liver from damage. Another experiment with mice revealed the mushroom may have an anti-depressant effect. Other researchers believe it has a hypoglycemic effect and may help diabetics.

“Other research from the region points in the direction of Cordyceps potentially thwarting certain cancers,” Valkov added. “I believe that we need to embrace these new findings … and combine the methods of the two regions to create better medicine for everyone.”

Nathalie Valkov L.Ac holds a PhD in Oriental Medicine and was trained at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Since 1999, she has had the opportunity to practice such healing methods as acupuncture, electro-stim acupuncture, acupressure, tui na, cupping, moxibustion, and herbal therapy.