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  • 18 July, 2020

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Himalayan Viagra

Himalayan Viagra

  • Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, also known as Himalayan Viagra is a fungus.
  • It is known for its aphrodisiac and rejuvenation properties
  • Recently IUCN has placed the fungus, in the ‘vulnerable’ category.
  • According to IUCN its spread has declined by at least 30% over the past 15 years as a result of overharvesting.
  • It is endemic to the Himalayan and Tibetan plateau and is found in China, Bhutan, Nepal and India.
  • In India, it is primarily found in Uttarakhand in the higher reaches of districts like Pithoragarh and Chamoli.
  • It is the world’s costliest fungus which sells in international markets for upwards of Rs.20 lakh per.

Source: Web


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