Shiitake mushroom

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