冬虫草(Cordyceps) and a walk with Vickki

It has been a long time since I got this sick, other than the occasional coldsores. So I guessed the 冬虫草(Cordyceps sinensis-the wormy-like chinese herb) capsules from Hock Hua Tonic really does work in strengthening the immune system. Because I just recalled lately I forgot to take them.

I ate the capsules lah, I think I cant never stomach the look of it. If you think the name 冬虫草 only originated from it’s worm-like look then you are so wrong! Because indeed, it bears some link with worms(虫)!!!

The first time L told me alittle about it’s origin, I was sure my eyes expanded to the largest size it can ever do. I was hoping to WIKI it and copied it here but arrgggg, they were too chim and I dont think anyone with a right mind will bother to read it. So here’s my very very simple and vague introduction.

冬虫草 is also known as 冬虫夏草. In English, it’s more popularly known as Cordyceps or Caterpilla Fungus. It’s actually a combination of decomposed worms and plant, a.k.a, half-worm-half-plant. I’m sorry if this grosses you out but it’s the truth! If you split up the name, it will interpret as 冬虫 and 夏草. The 冬虫 here refers to larvae which feeds on plants(夏草) as parasites during winter times. Gradually they fed themselves with the nutrients until they’re fat and strong. However, while doing so, some harmful spores from the plant invade their bodies and replaces the host tissue and eventually they died. Despite their death, the spores(真菌) continues to grow within their bodies and when it reaches summer, amazingly a purplish-red sprout will grow out of the insect’s head(argh!)..and that is termed as 夏草. So if you combined both, it’s 冬虫夏草 because they’re combined in 1 body! I guessed some mutation(or whatever scientific term) took place.

Okie My introduction is very layyyyy-man(and gross) terms. If you wish to know more, here’s the chim-mer version, Wikipedia(English version) and in Baidu(chinese version). =)

Interesting(and gross) hor? But it does have medicinal effects, especially for the lungs. I guess it’s not very gross if you consume in capsule form or ground it into powder. 😛

Okie Back to topic.

It might also be because of how I tired myself out with the intensive 1.5hours walk/slow jog(to me it’s BIG thing ok) with Vickki followed by her 3 hours grooming session and some other housework, which made me sick.

Horrible sneezing, leads to cough and minor sorethroat. I think I sneezed no less than 300times. My lungs felt as if they’re going to punctuate any moment. But thank god I’m better today. I hope it doesnt aggravate after the 8hours course tomorrow.

I felt bad as I seldom take Vickki out for walks because I’m so lazy and mainly because I will turn to ashes in the sun. Ya, I’m a vampire or maybe in my past life, as dearie reckoned. For I always have a urge to bite him whenever I can. Ha! 😛

It was cute seeing Vickki enjoying the outing. Sorry no pics though. Initially she was enthusiastically sniffing here and there and actually having a slow jog. Poor me had to jog with her, which might as well, since I’m so unfit. We slow walked or jogged along the route behind our house near to the railway track and because we took the exit too early, ended up we took 1 big round before we reached our house again.

By then, Vickki had stopped jogging and each step was as heavy as lead. Dearie wanted to carry her but I insisted only so after we reached the carpark because I dont want to spoil her. It happened before when we(Vickki and me) were out for awhile and she lazed on the ground, refusing to move and it ended up with me carrying her home. Which of course made me tired lah! So I dont want history to repeat. From this, it is obvious who will be the more benevolent parent in future when/if we have kids. Haha.

Now my right ass cheek and my lower right thigh hurts due to muscular-aches. Is there something wrong with the way I walk or jog huh? Otherwise why only 1 side pain siah???

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