Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world, including the indigenous Australian bush where we came across it, near the east coast of New South Wales.
Immune System Booster
It is effectively empowers the immune system by significantly boosting killer T cells.
Thus, it is great to use as an adjunct therapy in cancer, not as a substitute, but in association with other treatments like radiation and chemotherapy (if you resort to this), and metabolic therapy + potent Ayurvedic herbal protocol.
It raises base immune function, and especially post-treatment when the body needs to recover.
Two polysaccharide complexes in Turkey Tail are getting a great deal of scientific attention, PSK (or “Kreskin”) and PSP, for their cancer-blasting effects, making Turkey Tail the most extensively researched of all medicinal mushrooms with large scale clinical trials.
A seven-year, NIH-funded clinical study in 2011 found that Turkey Tail mycelium improves immune function when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.
The immune response including an increase of cancer-fighting cells was dose-dependent, with no adverse effects.
A Common Conventional Treatment for Cancer in Japan
PSK is now approved in Japan to treat cancer, and is often prescribed and paid for by Japan’s national health care system for those undergoing chemotherapy. However, I recommend you take the whole herb, rather than an extract.
In addition to breast cancer, Turkey Tail has been found to hold promise for other cancers, including stomach, colorectal, lung, esophageal, nasopharyngeal, cervical, and uterine.
Helps Treat Infections
Turkey tail is also being used to treat many different infections, including aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, E. coli, HIV, Herpes, and streptococcus pneumonia, and is hepatoprotective. It may also be useful for chronic fatigue.
Turkey Tail Tea
- Wipe the dirt of the mushroom.
- Rip it up a bit to open the mushroom and it’s medicinal properties.
- Boil it in water on low heat for a long period of time and make a decoction.
- Sip and enjoy.
Here is a great video for the tea.