Trametes versicolor is a polypore mushroom found worldwide growing in clusters on dead logs in deciduous forests. Its wavy shape and layers of striped multi-colors are reminiscent of a turkey’s tail, which the mushroom is aptly named after. Due to its thick and leathery texture, turkey tail is rarely eaten and is typically utilized in teas, broths, tinctures, or capsules.
Turkey tail is the most well studied health promoting mushroom. It is revered for its wellness supporting qualities which may be partly due to the levels of beta glucans that exist within the mushroom. This fungus has a long history of use in traditional Japanese healing methods as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is known as yun zhi. In TCM, the mushroom is employed to increase chi, strengthen the lungs, and clear dampness. Additionally, turkey tail mushrooms are used in TCM to support the liver and immune system.* Its first recorded use stems back thousands of years to the Han Dynasty in China. Currently, an increasing amount of scientific research is being conducted into the healthful benefits of turkey tail mushrooms.
Turkey Tail contains polysaccharides, such as beta-glucans, that stimulate the immune system. This immunomodulating effect occurs through their ability to stimulate cytokine production. Cytokines are small, soluble proteins that act as intracellular mediators in an immune response.
In 2014, a review was published entitled “Immune Modulation From Five Major Mushrooms: Application to Integrative Oncology” reporting on just how mushrooms modify cytokines within specific cancer models and how those cytokines affect the disease process. This article also examined the direct effect of mushrooms on cancer and presented an analysis of how mushrooms interact with chemotherapeutic agents, including their effects on its efficacy and on the myelosuppression that results from it. For the 5 mushrooms, including Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), an abundance of in vitro evidence exists that elucidates the anticancer immunological mechanisms. Preliminary research in humans is also available and is promising for treatment.
Our tincture uses chopped mushrooms instead of finely ground. We soak the pieces in organic sugar cane ethanol 30% to preserve the most therapeutic properties without over processing.
Suggested use: 0.5ml twice daily. Grown, extracted & bottled by hand.
Ingredients: distilled water, wild turkey tail, organic sugarcane ethanol 30%
30 ml / 1 fl oz per bottle
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