TremellaBelonging to the jelly fungun family, tremella mushrooms have gelatinous fruiting bodies the color of snow – hence their other English name, “snow fungus.” The fruiting body of the tremella resembles a loofah bath sponge, and just as the loofah is great for skincare, so are tremella mushrooms. These beautifying mushrooms are also given the name in Chinese of the “silver ear mushroom,” and in Japanese, they’re called the “white tree jellyfish”
ChagaChaga mushrooms have been used for centuries in Siberia and other parts of Asia as a medicine to boost immunity and improve overall health (1). Though ugly in appearance, the chaga mushroom is gaining popularity in the Western world for its potential health benefits. What’s more, a cup of tea made from chaga is packed with antioxidants.
- Turkey tail
Turkey tailWhile there is an abundance of mushrooms with medicinal properties, one of the most well-known is Trametes versicolor, also known as Coriolus versicolor. Commonly called turkey tail due to its striking colors, Trametes versicolor has been used around the world for centuries to treat various conditions. Perhaps the most impressive quality of the turkey tail mushroom is its ability to enhance the health of your immune system.
- Lion’s mane
Lion’s maneLion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. They have both culinary and medical uses in Asian countries like China, India, Japan and Korea Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts are often used in over-the-counter health supplements. Many describe their flavor as “seafood-like,” often comparing it to crab or lobster Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut.
ReishiEastern medicine makes use of many different plants and fungi. Interestingly, the reishi mushroom is particularly popular. It has a variety of potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting cancer.
PoriaPoria (Poria cocos) is a type of mushroom. It's been used for 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It's one of the most commonly prescribed traditional remedies in China. Health Benefits: Antitumor Anti-inflammation Antioxidant Anti-aging Immunomodulatory
ShiitakeShiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes) is a type of edible fungus. It's native to Japan and China, and contains a chemical called lentinan. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly eaten mushrooms in the world. Lentinan and other chemicals in shiitake mushrooms might stimulate the immune system. People use shiitake mushrooms for HIV/AIDS, common cold, flu, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.