Yarasagumba, people generally call it Himalayan Viagra and scientifically named Ophiocordyceps sinensis. It’s in demand because of its aphrodisiac properties and has many other health benefits.
Two Indians arrested with Yasragumba in Khalanga region, district headquarters of Darchula, on Monday. Janak Bahadur Shahi, District Police Chief(DSP) told that one is Amit Nagyal,19-year-old and Mannu Rathore,17-year-old were held during a regular security check in Khalanga.
During their security check, police found 100 grams of Yarsagumba hidden inside their pocket. Both the boys were heading to Khalanga of Darchula district in Nepal from Dharchula in India, according to DSP Shahi.
For further investigation, Police has sent them to the Apinampa Conservation Office and they can be charged against the National Park and Wildlife Reserve Act 1973.
Yarsagumba is mainly found in the Himalayan region of Nepal & Tibet. This offers a very valuable herbal remedy and entomopathogenic fungus parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body that is called Yarsagumba.
Villagers from Nepal, during season June to August move towards the peak to collect the scarce herb and this is pure natural herb, because it not cultivated or grown in numbers but is found growing naturally and that’s why it’s very expensive and used since ages as a potent tonic for kings and other wealthy men.