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Medicinal mushrooms

An estimated 38,000 species of mushrooms, most provide a wealth of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin C, as well as calcium and other minerals. And at least three species have demonstrated phenomenal healing potential: maitake, shiitake, and reishi. These medicinal mushrooms have been shown to boost heart health; lower the risk of cancer; promote immune function; ward off viruses, bacteria, and fungi; reduce inflammation; combat allergies; help balance blood sugar levels; and support the body's detoxification mechanisms. Many species of mushrooms used in folk medicine for thousands of years are under intense study by ethnobotanists and medical researchers.

Image of Amanita muscaria
  • Scientific Name: Amanita muscaria
  • Common Name:Fly agaric, Fly Amanita
  • Its orange-red to scarlet cap is 90 - 145 mm wide. The volva is distributed over the cap as white or yellow warts.
  • The gills are free to narrowly adnate, crowded to subcrowded. The short gills are truncate.
  • It is a Toxic mushroom
  • Inhibit tumors
  • Treat ringworm, epilepsy and as a "visionary" fungus
Image of Armillaria mellea
  • Scientific Name: Armillaria mellea
  • Common Name:Honey fungus
  • The fruiting bodies of the fungus are mushrooms that grow on wood, typically in cestipose clusters. The cap is 3–15 cm in diameter, typically has a honey yellow-brown color, and is covered with small dark scales. The stem may or may not have a ring. All Armillaria species have a white spore print and none have a volva.
  • Improve vision and counteract opthalmia and night blindness.
  • Reduces symptoms of  essential and renal hypertension and of neurasthenia.
  • Prevent respiratory and digestive tract conditions.
  • Increases blood flow to the brain and heart without increasing blood pressure, decreases heart rate, reduces peripheral and coronary vascular resistance
Image of King Bolete
  • Scientific Name: Boletus edulis
  • Common Name: King Bolete
  • As with any bolete, pores or tubes are located under the cap and not gills. When young these pores will be white and darken with age, becoming yellowish to brown. The stem will have a "netlike" look to it called reticulation.
  • The King Bolete is used to inhibit tumor growth
  • It is choice and delicious
Image of Calvatia spp
  • Scientific Name: Calvatia spp
  • Common Name: Puffball
  • Many of which are active against Gram positive and negative bacteria and various fungi (especially C. craniformis).
  • It is used as styptic to stop bleeding, coughs, sore throat, hoarseness snd tumor inhibition
Image of Cantharellus cibarius
  • Scientific Name: Cantharellus cibarius
  • Common Name: Chanterelle
  • Contains 8 essential amino acids and vitamin A

May be effective for
  • Dry skin
  • Infections of respirator tract
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Sarcoma
  • Night blindness
Image of Fomitopsis pinicola
  • Scientific Name: Fomitopsis pinicola
  • Common Name: Red Belted Polypore
  • used as tonic to reduce inflammation of digestive tract
  • increase resistance to cancers
  • used by the Cree indians as a styptic to stop bleeding
Image of Ganoderma applanatum
  • Scientific Name: Ganoderma applanatum
  • Common Name: Artist's Conk
  • Has immunostimulating properties


  • Fights cancers
  • Stops pain
  • Eliminates indigestion
  • Reduces phlegm
  • It is Antibiotic
  • It is Antiviral
Image of Ganoderma lucidum
  • Scientific Name: Ganoderma lucidum
  • Common Name: Varnish Conk, Ling chih, Ling qi, Ling-Zhi, Reishi
  • It has very low toxicity
  • It is analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-HIV, anti-ulcer.
  • It is liver protective, protects against ionizing radiation, increases white blood cells and hematoglobin, increases production of Interleukin-2 and 1, improves adrenocortical function.
  • It has been effective in treatment of hypertension, diabetes, myotonia dystrophica, cancer, heart diseases, bronchial disease, liver problems, arthritis, nervous problems, dizziness, poisoning from toxic mushrooms, hepatitis, nephritis, ulcers, cancers and many other disorders.
Image of Grifola frondosa
  • Scientific Name: Grifola frondosa
  • Common Name: Maitake, Hen of the Woods, Sheep's Head
  • Tumor inhibition
  • t-cell stimulant
Image of Heterobasidion annosum
  • Scientific Name: Heterobasidion annosum
  • Common Name: Birch polypore

  • Used as folk medicine for cancer and bacteriocide
Image of Inonotus obliquus
  • Scientific Name: Inonotus obliquus or Poria obliqua or Polyporus obliquus
  • Common Name: Chaga, Pilat, Clinker Polypore, Birch mushroom, Black Birch touchwood
  • This is tree fungus
  • It is gaining an impressive dorsier as an immune system enhancer
  • A fighter of cancers of the breast and lungs
Image of Oyster Mushroom
  • Scientific Name:  Pleurotus ostreatus
  • Common Name: Oyster mushroom
  • Gills are white to cream, descend stalk if present. If so, stipe off-center with lateral attachment to wood.
  • It should be harvested from hardwood only, as those growing on softwood are poisonous
  • It is extremely delicious as well as conferring various health-giving properties
  • It has been used to strengthen veins and relax tendons
  • It is frequently used in Japanese and Chinese cookery as a delicacy
  • It is effective in the treatment of lumbago, numbed limbs, and tendon and blood vessel discomfort
  • And Tumor inhibition
Image of Lactarius deliciosus
  • Scientific Name: Lactarius deliciosus
  • Common Name: Russula, Saffron or Orange-latex Milky

  • It has very strong antibacterial and antifungal properties
Image of Lentinula edodes
  • Scientific Name: Lentinula edodes
  • Common Name: Shitake
  • Tumor inhibition
  • Antiviral
  • Immune modulation
Image of Lenzites betulina
  • Scientific Name: Lenzites betulina
  • Common Name: Gilled Polypore, Kaigaratake
  • Tumor inhibition
  • Stimulates blood circulation
Image of Morchella esculenta
  • Scientific Name: Morchella esculenta
  • Common Name: Morel
  • Tonic to the intestines and stomach, reduces phlegm and regulates the flow of vital energy
Image of Phallus impudicus
  • Scientific Name: Phallus impudicus
  • Common Name: Stinkhorn

  • Enhances the immune system, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, anti-tumor, cancers of female organs, wound healing
Image of Piptoporus betulinus
  • Scientific Name: Piptoporus betulinus
  • Common Name: Birch Conk or Polypore
  • Tumor inhibition
Image of Pycnoporus sanguineus
  • Scientific Name: Pycnoporus sanguineus or Trametes cinnabarina
  • Common Name: Red Polypore
  • Used for Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Styptic, Anti-bacteria, Anti-fungus disease
  • To fight sarcoma
  • Antidote for toxins
Image of Trametes versicolor
  • Scientific Name: Trametes versicolor
  • Common Name: Turkey Tail
  • Tumor inhibition
  • Antibiotic
  • To treat hepatitis