Inspired by the natural beauty of this mushroom, the Japanese called it “kawaritake, or “cloud mushroom”, due to the resemblance between its color changing waves and clouds at sunset. The scientific name of turkey’s tail (Trametes versicolor) refers also to its eye-catching appearance.
These mushrooms are thin and hard, and their texture can be described as tough and leathery. They feed on decaying hardwoods, turning them into a whitish, soft and spongy substance, excellent for nourishing the soil and all the plants that feed on it.
The practitioners of traditional chinese medicine have used turkey’s tail for centuries brewed into a tea that is reputed to increase energy, strengthen the lungs, stomach and spleen.
As is the case with other mushrooms traditionally used in eastern medicine, today several scientific studies have validated some of its properties, increasing its reputation and use on a global scale.
Suggested dosage of dried turkey’s tail powder ranges from 1 to 2 grams daily and it can be consumed in capsules, mixed with fruit juices or smoothies or just with a glass of water.
Preliminary studies suggest that Turkey’s tail:
Helps rebuild connective tissue thus promoting joint health
Assists in the restoration of a balance of good flora in the gastrointestinal tract
Helps the body stabilize cortisol levels under stress
Slows aging thanks to its high content of antioxidant substances
Stimulates the release of immune-supportive compounds
Helps protect the liver and clean toxines