A fungus that grows on insects is sold for 50 lakh per kg, sounds a revelation, right? This fungus has different names in various languages like Keedajadi in Garhwali, Yachagumbu, or Yaxagumbu in Nepali, Yart Swa Gun Bu in Tibetan, and Dong Cong Xia Cao in Chinese. This fungus is expensive for its unique sublime properties.
Yachagumbu is found commonly in the Himalayan region. This herb is well-known for its medicinal properties and is being used as an orthodox medicine for ages. Because of its high demand and sparse is fungus is sold for 50 lakh per kg.
Keedajadi named this fungus contagiously grows on a living larva, a type of caterpillar. As it grows on, it kills the larva, afterwards, it evolves into a fruiting body and used as a herb. The Tibetan name of this fungus Yart Swa Gun Bu is referred to as ‘herb in the summer and insect in the winter‘.
It is believed that Yachagumbu can cure disorders of fatigue, tuberculosis, coughing, anemia, back and knee pains, and cancer as well. This unique species of fungus is slowly getting vanished despite being in demand. Now it’s rarely found anywhere but a year ago it was a very common and most used herb. This herb is medicinal magic that needs to be preserved for the future generation.