Fake caterpillar fungus
Status: medical scamChinese food inspectors have issued a warning to those planning to buy caterpillar fungus: Many samples of caterpillar fungus have been replaced by fakes. These fakes "not only miss their medicinal function, but could even be poisonous."
According to Wikipedia, caterpillar fungus is one of the most prized ingredients in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine:
So my guess is that the "real" stuff does basically nothing.
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 24, 2008
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