The genus Cordyceps: An extensive review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology.

@article{Olatunji2018TheGC,
  title={The genus Cordyceps: An extensive review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology.},
  author={Opeyemi Joshua Olatunji and Jian Tang and Adesola Julius Tola and Florence Auberon and Omolara O. Oluwaniyi and Zhen Ouyang},
  journal={Fitoterapia},
  year={2018},
  volume={129},
  pages={
          293-316
        }
}
The genus Cordyceps has about 750 identified species which are distributed in many regions of the World, but mainly found in South Asia, Europe and North America. The species of the genus are highly priced and are widely used as food and medicine for the treatment of various ailments. This present review compiles literature information on the ethno-medicinal, phytochemistry and pharmacological properties of species in the genus Cordyceps. In addition, the review also suggest recommendations for… 
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