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People's Herbs Five Mushroom Formula is our flagship medicinal mushrooms product. It combines pure extracts of the five most commonly used medicinal mushrooms.
Five Mushroom Formula is a 100% extract only formula; no powders, excipients, or fillers have been added, providing the most compact dosing possible.
It is used by practitioners as a tonification therapy for health challenges -- to help sustain and restore harmony within the body.
Available in 100 capsules and 250 capsules per bottle.
Take 2 capsules 2 times per day, or as directed by your practitioner.
Each capsule contains a proprietary blend of:
- Coriolus extract
Coriolus versicolor fruiting body / 15% polysaccharides)
- Cordyceps extract
(Cordyceps sinsensis mycelium / 40% polysaccharides)
- Maitake extract
(Grifola frondosa fruiting body / 20% polysaccharides)
- Reishi extract
(Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body / 10% polysaccharides / 4% triterpenes)
- Shiitake extract (Lentinula edodes fruiting body / 6% polysaccharides)
Let's take a brief look at the traditional and modern uses of these five mushrooms:
1) Coriolus aka Trametes versicolor (yun zhi):
Turkey tail is the common name of this delicious mushroom. The Japanese call it kawaratake, meaning "mushroom by the river;" the Chinese yun zhi means "cloud mushroom." Two particular fractions, PSP and PSK, have been well studied for their health effects. The whole fungus though also has a long history of use. In TCM it is considered to drain dampness, reduce phlegm, heal lung disorders, and strengthen one's root vitality.
2) Cordyceps sinensis (dong chong xia cao):
Also known as "caterpillar fungus." Cordyceps sinensis was first written about in the Tang Dynasty, though its use likely stretches back much further into history than that. It is best thought of as a deep restorative tonic with a particular ability to strengthen kidney and lung function. As a result it is indicated in cases of asthma, lowered vitality, flagging sexual energy, kidney disease, hepatitis B, arrhythmia, and hyperlipidemia. Because it improves the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, athletes use it to improve their training and performance. Cordyceps is exceedingly safe; in fact no dose, even absurdly high ones, could be found to cause harm to test animals.
3) Grifola frondosa (hui shu hua):
Maitake in Japanese means "dancing mushrooms." It is used in Japan to reduce blood lipid levels and to moderate the side-effects of chemotherapy. It is also shown to have a demonstrated antitumor effect. In animal studies of genetically diabetic rats it demonstrated a blood glucose lowering action.
4) Ganoderma lucidum (ling zhi):
Known in Japan as reishi mushroom, this fungus has a very long history of use as a shen (spirit) tonic. The Chinese name in fact focuses on this: Ling zhi could be translated as "spirit plant." In the Ben Cao Gang Mu from over 400 years ago ling zhi is proposed as a substance to prolong life if consumed regularly. Some modern research has focused on cardiotonic and hepatoprotective properties.
5) Shiitake Lentinula edodes (xiang gu aka hua gu):
Shiitake has been cultivated since ancient times, but is also indigenous in the wild in Japan, China, and other temperate Asian countries. Shiitake is considered to be hepatoprotective, to lower blood lipids, to lower blood pressure, and to elevate depressed immune function. It also appears to be helpful in cases of urinary incontinence and bronchial inflammation.
Vegetarian capsules (Hypromellose, kappa-Carrageenan), silicon dioxide