Chinese Medicine Perspective
We have added very brief and simple descriptions about Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) perspective on medicinal mushrooms. TCM has used mushrooms for thousands of years for medicinal and healing purposes, giving us an alternative approach on how to understand the effect that mushrooms have.
Perhaps one of the most helpful aspects of Chinese Medicine is the holistic approach to human life.
Everything we ingest will have an overall effect on our bodies; not just to one particular aspect alone.
This helps to see our health in broader sense and also approach recovery with a long-term mindset.
We highly recommend to always consult with well trained Chinese Medicine herbalist when taking powerful supplements such as Oriveda over long duration, especially for medical purposes.
(Note! Many of the TCM practitioners do not specialise in herbs and many offer questionable service, so it is worth looking around until you find a person whom you can trust to be professional and knowledgeable).
Medicinal Mushrooms according to TCM
Energy: Slightly Warm
Channels effected: Lung & Kidney
Actions: Nourishes Kidney Yang and Lung Yin. Augments the Essence. Transforms Phlegm & Stops Cough
Reishi / Ganoderma Lucidum / Ling Zhi
Taste: Sweet & bitter
Energy: Neutral / Slightly Warm
Channels effected: Heart, Liver, Lung
Actions: Tonifies Qi, Nourishes Blood, Calms the Shen (mind), Transforms Phlegm, Stops Cough
Lions Mane / Hericium erinaceus / Hou Tou Gu
Taste: Sweet & bland
Channels effected: Spleen, Stomach, Heart
Actions: Strengthens the Stomach & Regulates Qi, tonifies the Spleen & promotes digestion, calms the Shen (mind) & nourishes the Brain.
Turkey Tail / Trametes versicolor / Yun Zhi
Taste: Sweet & slightly bitter
Channels effected: Lung, Liver, Spleen
Actions: Dispels Damp, reduces Phlegm, nourishes the Mind
Chaga / Bai Hua Rong
Channels effected: Liver, Spleen, Heart (Kidneys, Stomach)
Actions: Nourishes Liver, Kidneys, Heart, revives Blood, calms the Mind, supports bodies defence Qi
Source: Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010