Turkey Tail – Trametes Versicolor

Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

Trametes versicolor is a common fungus found world wide. Known as Turkey Tail Mushrooms for the colourful stripes on their caps. They are the most common mushrooms in North American woods. Turkey Tails can be found sprouting in dense, overlapping clusters or rosettes from dead hardwood logs, stumps, and fallen branches on the forest floor during warm wet seasons of Spring and Fall.

The History of Turkey Tail Shrooms

The use of Trametes versicolor has been dated back to the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty in China as an immune booster for health and longevity. In Japan it is known as kawaritake or “cloud mushrooms” due to an image of swirling clouds on the mushroom caps. The cloud-like image symbolizes “longevity and health, spiritual attunement and infinity”.

Turkey Tail Uses:

The health benefits of Trametes versicolor are one of the best researched medicinal mushrooms today. Controlled clinical
trials demonstrate increased long-term survivability in patients with gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal and stomach cancer, but also breast and lung cancers. Commercially produced extracts are often prescribed along with chemotherapy for treating cancer in Japan and are paid for by national health care. Current clinical use of Turkey Tail Extracts in North America, Europe, and Asia are being done on treatment for their immuno restorative effects in patients with chronic conditions such as various cancers and viral syndromes such as hepatitis C.
Trametes versicolor extracts have demonstrated a wide variety of immunological benefits to white blood cell production and can inhibit carcinogenesis and tumor cell growth by activating cancer cell apoptosis.
Hobbs C. Medicinal Value of Turkey Tail Fungus Trametes versicolor. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol. 7 (2005) pg.346-347.

Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom
Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom

How to use Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

  • Chop the turkey tail mushroom into small pieces and add to a large pot of water on the stove.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for an hour.
  • Strain the mixture through a colander. …
  • That’s it — time to drink!

Sketch of Mycoremeditation of degraded land using Trametes Versicolor
Mycoremediation of Coulee with Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Burdock Root Tea – Cooling Liver & Acne Cleansing Herb

Organic Burdock Root Tea is amazing for Living - Liver and Acne Cleanse Herbs

Burdock Arctium lappa

This Old World tenacious weed can be found world wide! You will probably recognize Burdock by their notorious large burs that adhere onto any one passing by. They are an essential pollen source for honey bees in August as well!

Burdock Root on the Desk of Healthy Hope
Burdock Root on the Desk of Healthy Hope

Burdock is an awesome source of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Chromium, Inulin, Sesquiterpenes, bitter glycosides, Flavonoids, and volatile oils. (1 & 2)

It’s a wonderful cooling herb for red irritated skin conditions (acne, boils, eczema, psoriasis, early stage measles, ect.), urinary inflammation (UTIs, Kidney infections, even blood in the urine), Burdock has also been used for reducing muscle/joint pain and inflammation (sciatica, lumbago, arthritis, and acute inflammation and injury too!), swollen inflamed lymph nodes (soar, itchy throat), and constipation, in addition to short tempered anger (>_<) (stagnation of the emotions, nervousness, stress, red face, red eyes, headache, explosive anger). Wow that’s a powerful herb!

Chinese Medicine terms for Burdock:

  • Dispel Wind Heat, ease the throat
  • Resolve Toxicity, Vent Rashes
  • Moisten the Intestines, Constipation (3)

For example: When mom or dad gets home after a long day of work just to step on your lego…. Ooops! Time for a burdock tea 😉

One of the four ingredients in the Native American Essiac formula still used today. Great for moving lymph stagnation or congestion, like swollen lymph nodes, which is the highway for the immune system. By drinking 3-4 cups of burdock teat/day for 2 days your swollen lymph glands should be gone! (1)

Use root internally in teas and meals, and the seeds/leaves for poultices and salves. In Japan Chinese Burdock is called Gobo and is eaten like a carrot for Lv Qi Stag (nervousness, frustration). (2)

Written by Fauve

  1. Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide, Rosemary Gladstar, pg107-111
  2. The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra L.Ac, OMD. Pg 105-106.
  3. Handbook of Oriental Medicine: 5th Edition, H.B. Kim L.Ac. pg. 365