How Asian Herb Can Help Fight Diabetes, Cancer and Other Illnesses

Oriental Medicine Expert Explains Science Behind Cordyceps

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) -  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.

Many believe the secret lies in their diet, which consists largely of fish, poultry and the vegetables grown in the region, but Dr. Nathalie Valkov -- an expert in Oriental medicine and author of the book "Cordyceps: Treating Diabetes, Cancer and other illnesses" ( -- believes the secret lies in an Asian herb that is just now getting noticed by Western medicine.

"While it is commonly acknowledged that some of the best medical care in the world can be found in the United States, we have to remember that our medical culture is barely a couple of centuries old," Valkov said. "Asian medicine has been around for thousands of years, and since people from the Far East tend to live much longer than we do in the West, it's not a stretch to say that there may be some ancient secrets hidden in their diet and medicines that may help us unlock the keys to longevity and good health."

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 also a part of oriental medicine and has also been practiced for thousands of years. Today, prescriptions are based on ancient formulas that have been time tested and that are known to have helped millions of people. 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."

About Nathalie Valkov

Nathalie Valkov L.Ac holds a PhD in Oriental Medicine and was trained at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. She has successfully treated ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, Raynaud's syndrome, asthma, colds, flu, heart problems, various types of pain, diabetes, stress, insomnia, tonsillitis, fibromyalgia, and gynecological dysfunctions.

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