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Maitake Mushroom: Nature’s Cure All

The maitake mushroom grows in clusters, most often at the base of oak trees, commonly found in North America. Its name, maitake, means dancing mushroom. It is native to Japan and North America, and is said to help assist with altered body systems, helping the body achieve and maintain homeostasis. The mushroom was traditionally...

Agarikon Mushroom: Elixer of Life

turkey tail mushroom
In the year 65 A.D., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, first described Agarikon in the Materia Medica, the first known medical book with disease remedies. Dioscorides recorded the effectiveness of this mushroom on what we call tuberculosis today. Ancient Greeks used this to treat respiratory illnesses, what we now know as tuberculosis, and even night...

The Shiitake Mushroom: Your Immune System’s Best Friend

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Shiitake mushrooms were used medicinally in China over 6000 years ago. According to legend, around 200 A.D., the emperor of Japan, Emperor Chuai, received Shiitake mushrooms from the indigenous people of Japan. It is widely thought that these mushrooms have been growing wildly since prehistoric times, although cultivation is estimated to have begun around...

Turkey Tail Mushroom for Cancer Prevention

turkey tail mushroom
This mushroom gets its name from its appearance, which resembles the colorful tail of a turkey. Often found colonizing along decomposing wood or tree stumps in moist weather, this mushroom is not as rare as many of the others used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Records of the mushroom in teas date back to the...

The Cordyceps Mushroom

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Another ancient Chinese remedy, cordyceps are thought to originate in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. Over 2000 years ago, herdsmen stumbled upon this strange looking mushroom with no cap. In traditional Chinese Medicine, the mushroom quickly became a cure all, being used to treat ailments of the kidneys, heart, lungs and liver. It was...

Chaga: The Mushroom of Immortality

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Thousands of years ago, when much of the world relied on concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chaga mushrooms were discovered as a way to end many ailments. In mountainous Siberia, the Khanty people would drink tea made from this mushroom, called “The Mushroom of immortality,” every day. The tea was thought to improve digestion...

Reishi Mushroom: Food of The Gods

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Over 4000 years ago, rulers of Asia would send out servants to find the Reishi mushroom, which would often grow from the trunks of old plum trees. Servants were often unsuccessful, as the mushroom was said to have occurred once among about 3000 trees. Because of its rarity, its benefits were reserved for emperors...

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