Beautiful and medicinal. This vibrant and colourfully banded mushroom is aptly named turkey tail for its resemblance to the semi-circular, banded tails of wild turkeys.
This exquisite mushroom was first recognised in 200 B.C (Han Dynasty) in one of the most important medical books In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - the Shennong Ben cao jing - The Divine Farmers Materia Medica. It is considered to be the earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference.
Turkey Tail has an ancient history of use as a medicinal mushroom. In many Asian cultures, turkey tail's cloud like forms symbolize longevity and health, spiritual attunement and infinity. It was traditionally brewed into a soothing tea and drunk to treat many diverse maladies.
These mushrooms are used in TCM as immunomodulators that boosts immune function and fight infections. This ability to support the health of both an underactive and overactive immune system is unique and valued among physicians. Turkey tail mushrooms are also revered for their potential antitumor mechanisms and ability to treat pulmonary disease
This colourful medicine is high in the protein bound polysaccharides PSK ( polysaccharide krestin) and PSP( polysaccharide peptide) which are the principal immune enhancing and anti-tumor fractions.
PSK has immune enhancing activity and a broad antineoplastic scope. It has been shown to stimulate phagocytotic activity of macrophages and improve the function of the reticuloendothlial system along with its ability to restore antibody production in cancerous patients with sarcoma 180.
PSK acts directly on tumor cells as well as indirectly on the host to boost cellular immunity. It has shown anti tumor activity with regards to fibrosarcoma, melanoma, mamory, colon, lung cancers and more.
This amazing mushroom has also demonstrated antiviral activity. It is useful for upper respiratory, urinary, and digestive tract infections, as well as a curative to liver ailments, including hepatitis B and chronic active hepatitis.
Turkey Tail is an ancient indigenous medicine from many different cultures around the world and can be found growing on numerous types of wood species in warm and cold climates alike - Including right here in South Africa. We use wild harvest turkey tails we find to produce a liquid extract, with ethanol and water - this ensures all the essential phytochemicals have been extracted for optimal benefit
Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)
- Ganoderma Lucidum wild harvested reishi ± 10 000mg
- Cultivated reishi ± 10 000mg
86 proof grain alcohol.