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Title:  Impact of Cordyceps sinensis in the rural economy of interior villages of Dharchula sub-division of Kumaon Himalayas and its implications in the society
Authors: Garbyal, S S
Aggarwal, K K
Babu, C R
Keywords: Cordyceps sinensis
parasitic fungus
caterpillar fungus
mummified insect
Dharchula Himalayas
Tibetan medicine
Chinese medicine
anti-biotic properties
rural economy
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code Int. Cl.7: A61K 35/70; A61P 39/00; A61P 15/00
Abstract:  Cordyceps sinensis belonging to family Clavicipitaceae is a parasitic fungus on Lepidopteran larvae. It occurs at an altitude over 4,000 m and is known to be found in Chipla, Malpa top, Njyang top, Karschila, Budhi Galja, Chal, Baling, Bon, Dugtu, Panchachuli, Nampa and Api in Dharchula Himalayas. Cordyceps is known to be used for many centuries as tonic, medicine, and aphrodisiac and in religious ceremonies in China, Indonesia and upper Himalayas. Since last 4-5 years Cordyceps has been traded very extensively in Dharchula area of Pithoragarh District in Uttaranchal. It has had tremendous impact on the rural economy of the villages in Dharchula area. Local people have been getting about Rs. 55,000-65,000 per kg, thereby improving the living conditions of many poor villagers.
Page(s): 182-186
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.03(2) [April 2004]

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