Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Turkey Tail's History
Coriolus (Trametes Versicolor) is a fruitful woodland mushroom that grows prolifically on diverse hardwoods virtually all over the earth. It has been used for centuries, in many parts of the world, as a natural medicine that provides strong anti-microbial anti-viral and anti-tumor properties. It is often referred to as "turkey tail" for its shape and striped lines of various colors that resemble the tail feathers of wild male turkeys.
It is one of the most researched medicinal mushroom varieties for its powerful effects on raising base and secondary immune functions. Coriolus contains two specific polysaccharides, PSK and PSP, that have been shown to help inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. It has long been used as an adjunct to cancer therapy in Japan. In fact, PSK extract (also called "krestin") has been used by the Japanese since the 1980s as an approved natural medical treatment for several types of cancer.
Asian cultures were one of the first people to discover the potent effects that medicinal mushrooms can have on overall health. Referred to in China as "Yun Zhi", Coriolus mushroom has been brewed as an adaptogen tonic tea for centuries. In the Traditional Chinese Medical Book, called the Bencao Gangmu or "Compendium of Materia Medica", written by Li Shizhen during the Ming Dynasty in 1578, it states that "The cloud mushroom is beneficial to one's spirit (Shen) and vital energy (Chi), and strengthens one's tendon and bone (Jing). If cloud mushroom is taken for a long time, it will make one vigorous and will contribute to a long life." The Japanese refer to Turkey Tail as "Kawanitake", which also translates as "Cloud Mushroom". Scientists in Japan, since the 1960s, have been intensely researching the medicinal properties that the mushroom has on the immune system as well as its influence as an anti-tumor agent. Coriolus has also been used by natives people and herbalists in Europe as well as parts of North America for a very long time.
TTM is packed with Beta-glucan polysaccharides that are known to help modulate and stimulate the immune system. One of these beta-glucan rich compounds is a protein-bound polysaccharide called polysaccharide-K (PSK or Krestin) and is found only in the researched by Japanese scientists, PSK extract was approved in the 1980s as a medical drug to be used for treating several types of cancers. Evidence in human clinical trials using PSK indicated anti-tumor activity, particularly for stomach, esophageal, lung and breast cancers.
In Japan, PSK is a best selling anti-cancer drug where it is currently used as a cancer treatment along with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. PSP was discovered more recently and has been studied mainly in China." American Cancer Society All medicinal mushrooms have these immune shielding effects and many, like Coriolus, Chaga, and Maitake, are currently being researched for their potential benefits for eliminating viruses and also may act as preventatives, helping to build a healthy immune system. Powdered extracts of Coriolus are often used in "supplement" form, have in the Wes, and as a complementary adjunct to prescribed cancer treatment. Many holistic medical practitioners are well aware of the mushroom extract and it is often recommended for an extra boost to the immune system after chemotherapy to help protect against cancer recurrence.
Coriolus mushroom naturally helps to increase and activate "natural killer cells" or NK cells. These are unique immune cells that provide a speedy protective response against tumorous growth and virally infected cells, acting in a much faster ay than other cells because of their ability to identify stressed cells and pathogens. They perform on both surface (secretary) immunity, the first line of defense, as well as on the deep immune system and bone marrow reserve, which is essentially the backup resource for the secretary systems. These attributes make NK potentially helpful for a number of autoimmune-related conditions in addition to cancerous tumors. Because NK cell levels drop and substantially deactivate after radiation and chemotherapy treatments, turkey tail extract can be particularly supportive as a supplement when undergoing such procedures. Increased NK cells can assist in protecting the patient from further growth or exposure. Well known mycologist Paul Stamets, director of research and founder of Fungi Perfecti, had his own 84-year-old mother who was diagnosed in 2009 with stage 4 breast cancer and given less than 3 months to live. Although she could not undergo surgery or radiation treatments, she was prescribed Taxol and Herceptin as well as 4 capsules of Turkey Tail twice a day. Months-later she was tumor-free and still alive today to tell the story. Turkey Tail Extracts can assist those with Lyme's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune or inflammatory diseases as it helps to modulate the immune "helper cells", which is an essential factor in controlling those conditions.
1. Prevents and Treats Cold
2. Manages Diabetes
3. Reduces Inflammation Cholesterol and Hypertension.
4. Rich in Antioxidants
5. Aids Digestion
6. Improves Bone Health
7. May Help Prevent Cancer
8. May Help in Improving the Effect of Cancer Treatment
9. Lower Cholesterol
10. Treat Human Papilloma Virus