The Artist conk is a humble but fascinating mushroom. This medicine has lived in the shadow of its more famous cousin the red reishi for many centuries, however don't be so quick to disregard this fungus.
Known throughout the world, this mushroom is perhaps the most widespread of all ganoderma variants growing on every continent except antartica. Artist conk mushrooms have a rare property, The white spore pad bruises when touched. this allows one to etch drawings on the wide pad surface. As the fungus dries, it becomes hard and lightweight, and the drawing naturally darkens and cures to a solid, permanent texture like wood. In the orient however Artist Conk is more commonly known as ancient reishi due to its long life span, some specimens reported to be over 80 years old. This long lifespan has lead many around the world to classify artist conk as the gentle and wise old caretaker of the forests,
One thing we know for certain is that being part of the ganoderma ( reishi ) family comes with exceptionally powerful compounds that have a whole host of medicinal qualites.
Artist Conks contain various steroidal compounds such as ergosterol, fungisterol, alnusenone and other triterpenes. they also contain the highly medicinal compounds commonly found in red reishi - ganoderic acid and furanoganoderic acid.
Thanks to modern science we can see great cancer research being conducted on ganoderma applanatum - particularly anti-tumor activity against sarcoma 180. The polysaccharides and triterpenes have demonstrated great immuno-stimmulating properties thus verifying traditional chinese classification as an immune system tonic
This great medicine is also used to reduce phlegm, eliminate indigestion, increase spleen cell proliferation and as a natural antibiotic too.
Artist conk was utilized long before other reishi's in its family, it is a dynamic medicine for many modern ailments. Due to this musrhoom being too tough and fibrous to consume as is, thus we produce an extracted tincture. this allows the mushroom to be more readily assimilated in the body - We run our artist conk through an ethanol extraction process to remove the triterpenes & a water extraction to remove the polysaccharides. These extractions are then combined to produce a powerful, bioavailable Medicinal Mushroom Supplement.
We personally wild harvest this incredible mushroom from the forests of Hog's Back and Eastern Cape.
Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)
- Wild harvested artist conk ± 7000mg
86 proof grain alcohol.