Shiitake generally prefers to grow on shii trees, the Japanese name for a type of oak, and hence the name shii - oak, and take - mushroom. Shiitake has been revered since the Song Dynasty in China (1100 AD), and was prized as an ‘elixir of life’ by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Major active compounds are linked to anti-viral as well as anti-bacterial effects.
Traditional Uses in Folk Medicine
• Strengthens the immune system
• Helps combat the formation/growth of tumors
• Increases stamina & circulation
• Increases longevity