Many of us have learned about and/or cooked some of the most popular edible mushrooms: portabella, white button, etc. There is, however, a whole class of mushrooms called medicinal mushrooms, and these medicinal curing mushrooms are not meant for taste enhancement, although some of them may be used in recipes. These are taken often as powders in the form of tea, tinctures and oils, and in capsules. Have a look at Canada Magic Mushrooms to get more info on this.
Such medicinal mushrooms include the mushroom reishi, the mushroom agaricus (or mushroom agaricus blazei), the mushroom maitake, shitake and coriolus. There are plenty of others, but these are among the most common.
In spite of its chemical and genetic composition, medicinal mushrooms like these have much in common with humans. Most scientists say genetically communicating mushrooms are closer to humans than almost any other herb.
Because of this, some “higher-level” mushrooms, also referred to as “medicinal mushrooms” (NOT magic mushrooms!), will profoundly cure and affect the body, thoughts, mind and spirit of us humans who consume them.
Reishi mushroom is one of China’s pre-eminent medicinal mushrooms (though it is often present in other parts of the world). Reishi mushroom is sometimes referred to as “the mushroom of salvation,” because it can be used as a tonic “herb” on a daily basis and is effective for extending life.
Reishi mushroom is often used (in the East) by people with HIV and cancer as a stimulant to the immune system. Reishi is also supposed to help reduce inflammation, help with exhaustion, help heal the body’s respiratory problems, and help ease and relieve the mind, helping people to meditate and communicate with the Spirit more quickly.
Maitake mushroom is another of the world’s most popular medicinal mushrooms. Maitake is used both culinarily and medicinally, and is a very effective source of beta-glucan polysaccharides— strong chemicals strengthening the immune system.
Maitake mushroom is used to prevent cancer, and to help control diabetes and high cholesterol. Maitake improves the production of the body’s natural killer cells and helps rid the body of issues with the immune system.
There are several more common types of medicinal mushrooms, and in my journal, listed below, I have written more detailed explanations of these.
Just one final note, if you are contemplating testing the healing properties of medicinal mushrooms: if you take them in addition to a source of vitamin C (preferably a natural source of vitamin C dependent on plants), you will triple the effectiveness of both medicinal mushrooms and triple the potency of vitamin C! Powerful knowledge for always having the best results!