Turkey Tail, scientifically known as Trametes versicolour or Coriolus versicolour, is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Versicolor means 'of several colors', and this is an apt description for this fungus, whose shape and colors have been compared to those of a wild turkey.
In China, where it has been used for thousands of years, this fungus is known as "Yun zhi", or the "cloud mushroom". Its Japanese name is "Kawaratake", or "mushroom by the river". The Ming dynasty edition of the Materia Medica (1500s CE) describes it as "beneficial to one's spirit and vital energy”. It was this fungus’ popularity as a folk remedy that first caught the attention of modern researchers.
In traditional herbalism, Turkey Tail is consumed with hot water as a tea. It is known to boost vitality and energy, ward off cancer and support the spirit. Traditional uses also include invigorating the spleen, eliminating dampness and treating coughs and dyspnea. It is a powerful superfood, which is often used in teas, blended drinks, soups or food sprinkles.
Turkey Tail’s strong immune boosting effects can help to resist seasonal ailments and support the healthy function of the lungs and other organs.
In many studies, Turkey Tail has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and immunomodulatory properties.
Turkey Tail has many valuable and beneficial properties, but is particularly valuable if you have a weakened immune system or simply want to avoid seasonal ailments and respiratory problems.
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