Turkey Tail is begging to be used, This little mushroom–so tenacious, resilient & adaptable–has so much to offer in terms of medicine. Their earthen-colored fan shapes herald the arrival of the rains as they move in and digest dead trees, turning them into soil so new life can sprout. These decomposing fungal organisms (known as primary decomposers) are vital in the cycle of life & the seasons, each one an agent in an autumnal pull back to the earth, doing the good dirty work so new life can leap forward in the next season.
These forest darlings have been with people a long time. Trametes species have been used for centuries around the globe, including China, Mexico, Finland, and even England. There is also references to Australian Aboriginal use of Trametes species of sucking on the polypore for mouth sores. The Ancient Taoists observed its ease in growing on pine trees–a notoriously antifungal wood. This fashioned a reputation for Turkey Tails as one of stubbornness, resilience & strength. In Japan, it earned the name kawaritake, meaning “bellowing clouds.” This also conveyed a sense of longevity, divinity & spiritual resilience. It was used for centuries in TCM to clear damp condition, strengthen the lungs, stomach, & spleen, increase energy & assist in convalescence in long-term diseases
This mushroom is so abundant in almost any forest around the world and definitely in the UK, took a 10 minute walk on hampstead heath yesterday and found loads, within an hour was having fresh Turkey tea 🙂 Looking forward to making a tincture as this is a truly a powerful medicinal mushroom! Here is a cool guide for identifying the true turkey tail: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trametes_versicolor.html
Science is showing that Turkey Tail mushroom holds an arsenal of cancer-blasting compounds. Two polysaccharide complexes in Turkey Tail are getting a great deal of scientific attention, PSK (or “Kreskin”) and PSP, making it the most extensively researched of all medicinal mushrooms with large scale clinical trials.
Turkey tail targets chronic illnesses, which include many types of cancers. Studies have even shown that turkey tail can regenerate damaged bone marrow. Strongly antioxidant, turkey tail strengthens the immune system, increases energy, and delivers pain relief with no ill side effects. It also reduces phlegm, combats respiratory ailments, poor digestion, urinary infections, inflammation, liver ailments, and hepatitis B.
Turkey tail mushroom has been the subject of a large number of controlled clinical trials in Asia showing that it can help rebuild the immune system in people with a wide range of cancers. The benefit is quite powerful, for it has been demonstrated again and again that turkey tail, significantly lengthens the lifespan of cancer patients by as much as double.
In addition to breast cancer, Turkey Tail has been found to hold promise for other cancers, including stomach, colorectal, lung, esophageal, nasopharyngeal, cervical, and uterine. PSP has been shown to significantly enhance immune status in 70 to 97 percent of cancer patients. Turkey tail is also being used to treat many different infections, including aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, E. coli, HIV, Herpes, and streptococcus pneumonia, and is hepatoprotective. It may also be useful for CFIDS.
As well as teas, tinctures, extracts, Turkey tail can be chewed like gum! Its not worth missing this one. Will have a double extract tincture available before long as well as a 6 UK medicinal mushroom complex tincture. Happy foraging!
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