Mushrooms have been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, some of the earliest written records of medicinal mushroom use come from China, where they were used as a part of traditional Chinese medicine as far back as the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). The use of medicinal mushrooms then spread to other parts of Asia, such as Japan and Korea, where they were also used as a part of traditional medicine.
"medicinal mushrooms are used for a wide range of purposes, including boosting the immune system, fighting cancer, and improving overall health"
In more recent times, the study of medicinal mushrooms has become more scientific. In the 19th and 20th centuries, researchers began to isolate and identify the active compounds in mushrooms that are responsible for their medicinal effects. This led to the development of mushroom-based drugs for a variety of conditions, including cancer and infections.
Today, medicinal mushrooms are used for a wide range of purposes, including boosting the immune system, fighting cancer, and improving overall health and well-being. Some of the most commonly used medicinal mushrooms include reishi, shiitake, and maitake. These mushrooms are thought to have a number of beneficial effects, including improving immune function, reducing inflammation, and fighting cancer cells.
Most common medicinal mushrooms and main benefit
- Reishi: Boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties
- Chaga: Rich in antioxidants and may have anticancer properties
- Cordyceps: May improve athletic performance and boost the immune system
- Shiitake: May have antiviral and antibacterial properties and may lower cholesterol levels
- Maitake: May have immune-boosting and anticancer properties
- Lion's mane: May improve cognitive function and may have neuroprotective effects
- Turkey tail: May have anticancer properties and may boost the immune system.
Despite the many potential benefits of medicinal mushrooms, more research is needed to fully understand their effects and determine the best ways to use them. As a result, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using medicinal mushrooms, especially if you are taking any other medications or have any underlying health conditions.
We use medicinal mushrooms in our functional coffees. Have a look at our Benefits page and you will learn about the benefits of all the mushrooms, adaptogens and nootropics we use in our coffee.