Turkey Tail Mushroom, Yun Zhi

Trametes Versicolor

Turkey tail or cloud mushrooms are distinctly known for their fan-like fruiting body with an array of striping colors. Hence its Latin nomenclature, Trametes Versicolor, meaning “several colors”, ranging from browns to purples and greens. This mushroom is a common polypore mushroom with no gills on its underside, typically found in hardwood deciduous forests. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, turkey tails or Yun Zhi are a symbol of longevity and have been used for centuries as an immunomodulator, boosting immunity and combating pathogens. They have the action of clearing dampness, boosting Qi and strengthening the lung, spleen, and stomach. Turkey tails are high in polysaccharides, like PSK, which have been shown to have tumor fighting properties inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Polysaccharopeptide, PSP, also regulates the gut microbiome balancing various bacteria in the digestive tract.

Parts Used:

fruiting body

Key Actions & Healing Properties:

  • Immunomodulator
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Cancer and chemotherapy support