4 oz. brown glass bottle Turkey Tail Tincture (Trametes versicolor). Used as an antitumor agent, liver and lung tonic and immune system enhancer.
This mushroom is one of the polypores (here are about 100 genera in this family). All of them have pores of some sort on their underside. These pores can be very small, 10 per millimeter, or much larger, up to 2 mm per pore. In all cases the pores serve to increase the surface area for bearing the spores. Turkey Tails are shelf-like, bracket-like, fan-shaped or forming rosettes on dead wood--often forming rows or shelves. Their texture is tough, leathery and pliant when fresh, rigid when dry. The tips of the fungi have narrow concentric zones of various colors, velvet-hairy areas which usually alternate with silky-smooth ones. The underside has a thin tough sponge layer, with a whitish to colored pore surfaces. There are no apparent stalks; the thin flesh is white or pale. The mushrooms are small to medium-sized, zones on caps variable in color--gray, brown, yellow, bluish, reddish, black, white and sometimes have a green algae layer in spots.
Anti-Tumor – Research has shown that Turkey Tail acts directly on tumor cells, as well as indirectly in the host to boost cellular immunity. The fungi have been shown to have anti-tumor activity on adenosacarma, fobrosacaoma, mastocytoma, plasmacytoma, melanoma, saroma, carconoma, and mammary, colon and lung cancer. The main active constituent (poly-saccharide) have been scientifically extracted and then injected directly into the tumors. The injection inhibits tumor growth in other sites, thus helping to prevent metastasis. Oral dosages (3 #00 capsules taken three times daily) suppresses carcinogen-induced cancers of the colon, esophagus, breast and lung.
Immune Enhancer – The immune stimulating compounds found in Turkey Tail known as PSK or Krestin in Japan, generate sales of several hundred million dollars a year, making Trametes the world's top selling all-natural product for serious immune support. Turkey tail also has anti-viral activity and has been used in inhibiting HIV infection by modifying the viral receptor, stopping HIV from binding with lymphocytes. Whether as a tea, tincture or capsules, one can benefit from the anti-viral activity of turkey tail.
Liver aid – Turkey Tail is very effective in treating liver ailments, including hepatitis B and chronic active hepatitis.
Pulmonary aid – This fungus has also proven helpful in treating inflammations of the upper respiratory tract.