Ingredients: Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), Grifola frondosa (Maitake), Hericium americanum (Lion's Mane), organic sugar cane alcohol, spring water.
Medicinal Mushrooms is a blend of the fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), Grifola frondosa (Maitake), and Hericium americanum (Lion’s Mane). The Reishi was cultivated by dear friends outdoor on a farm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Maitake and Lion’s Mane were harvested on beautiful October days in the Blue Ride Mountains of North Carolina. Each mushroom was dual extracted via maceration in 95% organic sugar cane alcohol and then decocted in spring water, so that both the alcohol and water soluble constituents are found in the final extract. These fungi combined together can be used to support the systems of the body, especially the nervous and immune systems.
Paging through innumerable scientific studies and accounts of traditional knowledge regarding Reishi, Maitake, and Lion’s mane, the positive effect the fungi have on human biochemistry is undeniable. Looking to fungi we find constituents that support our whole systems and nourish us, allowing us the benefits of stronger systems without putting any one aspect of our bodies under stress.
Reishi is a warming, nourishing and tonifying. Many of the “adaptogenic” herbs in western herbal medicine tend to be overly drying, eventually exerting stress on the system, whereas reishi is energetically gentle. “The Chinese character for “ling zhi” [Ganoderma lucidum] is composed of three calligraphic characters or pictures that together mean “shaman,” “praying for,” and “rain.” (Rogers) Reishi has a particularly marked effect on the nervous system, alleviating anxiety and insomnia and helping to relax muscular tension.
Maitake is traditionally used to support the gastrointestinal and nervous systems. “In Japan, the location [of maitake] was…in some cases, never revealed by the forager during his entire life and then willed to his eldest son upon death.” (Rogers) Fragments of the mushroom have been studied and found to improve insulin sensitivity and have a marked effect on truncal-abdominal obesity, making maitake especially relevant in diabetes and pre-diabetes. In holistic medicine, we are always aiming to heal the gut, improve digestion, and increase absorption of vitamins and minerals so that we may send our energy to support functions of the body such as creating new neural pathways in the brain or fighting off infections instead of correcting gut dysbiosis.
There are few greater joys in my life than when I am walking through the forest and my peripheral vision latches onto a bright white Hericium species fruiting on a tree. My heart rate increases as I get closer, confirming my giddiness as I observe the intricate and unmistakable icicle like structures of the coral mushroom. Lion’s Mane is a nerve tonic, meaning it not only reduces your stress but increases your capacity to hold stress. “Paul Stamets calls it brain food that increases intellect and nourishes the nervous system.” (Rogers)
When we talk about Medicinal Mushrooms being immune modulating, we are referring to the effect they seem to have on the immune system, they: regulate and reduce excessive immune response when needed, and are stimulating when the body is deficient. This concept is ignored in the mainstream pharmaceutical world where drugs are either given to suppress or boost the immune system. Medicinal Mushrooms seem to help the body modulate these processes independently, recognizing that too much stimulation or suppression is ultimately unhealthy for the whole organism.
This write up is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, cure, or treat any illnesses, and I am not a licensed healthcare practitioner. I am sharing information that I believe is relevant because it has been either passed down as traditional knowledge or well studied. Credit goes to Robert Rogers, RH (AHG) for compiling scientific studies and traditions in his book “The Fungal Pharmacy”, to which I owe a great debt for the many times it has made such information available immediately to me, a debt I aim to repay by circulating the mycelial knowledge exponentially further.
Text from Suntrap Apothecary