Turkey Tail Tincture
- Trametes versicolor
wild harvested turkey tail ± 10 000mg
cultivated turkey tail ± 10 000mg
Turkey Tail Tincture
Beautiful & medicinal. This vibrant & colorfully banded mushroom is aptly named turkey tail for its resemblance to the semi-circular, banded tails of wild turkeys. This exquisite mushroom was first recognized in 200 B.C (Han Dynasty) in one of the most important medical books In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - the Shennong Ben cao jing - The Divine Farmers Materia Medica. It is considered to be the earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference. Turkey Tail has an ancient history of use as a medicinal mushroom. In many Asian cultures, turkey tail's cloud like forms symbolize longevity & health, spiritual attunement & infinity. It was traditionally brewed into a soothing tea & drunk to treat many diverse maladies. These mushrooms are used in TCM as immunomodulators that boosts immune function & fight infections. This ability to support the health of both an under-active & over-active immune system is very rare & valued among physicians. Turkey tail mushrooms are also revered for their potential antitumor mechanisms & ability to treat pulmonary disease This colourful medicine contains many different medicinal chemicals including β - sitosterol, hydroxymethylquinoline, as well as very powerful polysaccharides called PSK, PSP & coriolan
This mushrooms most important phytochemicals are protein bound polysaccharides - PSK ( polysaccharide krestin) & PSP( polysaccharide peptide) which are the principal immune enhancing & anti-tumor fractions present in this fungus. PSK has immune enhancing activity & a broad antineoplastic scope. It has been shown to stimulate phagocytotic activity of macrophages & improve the function of the reticuloendothelial system. The functioning of blood vessels also improves when taking PSK, it also has the ability to restore antibody production in cancerous patients with sarcoma 180. PSK acts directly on tumor cells as well as indirectly on the host to boost cellular immunity. It has shown anti tumor activity with regards to fibrosarcoma, melanoma, mammary, colon, lung cancers and more. An interesting effect of PSK is that when used for tumors at a localized site it inhibited tumor growth in other sites too. ( PSK's anittumor activity seems to be enhanced when used in combination with radiation, chemotherapy & immunotherapy. PSP on the other hand is an immunostimulant - It increases T-cell numbers, interferon production & increased interleukin production.
PSP has shown tumor inhibiting activity against sarcoma 180, p388 leukemia, monocytic leukemia, Ehrlich ascitic tumors, histiocytic lymphoma, & various cancers of the liver, stomach, nose, & throat. This amazing mushroom has also demonstrated antiviral activity. It is useful for upper respiratory, urinary, & digestive tract infections, as well as a curative to liver ailments, including hepatitis B & chronic active hepatitis. Almost all trametes species are medicinal including t. pubescens ( white turkey tail ) & t. hirsuta ( hairy turkey tail ) both showing antitumor and antibacterial benefits. Turkey Tail is an ancient indigenous medicine from many different cultures around the world & can be found growing on numerous types of wood species in warm & cold climates alike - Including right here in South Africa. We use wild harvest turkey tails we find & cultivated specimens to produce a liquid extract, with ethanol & water - this ensures all the essential phytochemicals have been extracted for optimal benefit