Meshima mushroom

Meshima, scientifically known as Phellinus linteus, is shaped like a horse’s hoof and resembles the layer-like growth of Turkey Tail and Agarikon. Like Agarikon, this mushroom gives a bitter taste. Interestingly, Meshima does not have a stem and rather grows “like a shelf” from the substrate on which it was grafted. Meshima usually grows on tree trunks, often found on Mulberry trees in China, as it decays the wood and fruit.

Foragers for Meshima can find the mushroom growing along a tree trunk, even high up on some branches. Lucky mushroom foragers can find the fungi growing on the lower parts of the trunk or even on a fallen log.

Meshima, known as “song gen” in Chinese and “Sanghwang, in Korean, is a mushroom adapted to traditional Chinese and Korean herbalism.* It is one of the most well-known mushrooms in Asian countries, consumed to help promote nutritional health and support a healthy immune response.* The mushroom it has a very fibrous texture and a spicy taste, so it is rarely eaten raw or even cooked. In Korea, Meshima is said to be brewed and consumed in the form of hot tea. This is one of the reasons we use Meshima in dual extraction Daily 10 Tincture of Mushroom Mixture.

Meshima it literally translates to “women’s island” and therefore helps support women’s health.* Although it is not as common as other ‘super-shrooms’ such as Reishi, Turkey’s Tail and Chaga, it has certainly attracted the attention of scientists in a big way. This ancient mushroom is the modern marvel of science, studied for its many healthful properties.*

Meshima for women’s health:*

Meshima can also play a powerful role in supporting women’s health.* The mushroom is revered for its ability to support healthy breast cells and promote a normal menstrual cycle.* Polysaccharides are a key ingredient in Meshima’s ability to support women’s overall health.*

Meshima and free radicals:*

Meshima can support the reduction of free radicals.* Free radicals are known to damage the skin by creating oxidative stress, so Meshima can be a good counter.* Some research has shown that Meshima can even protect the skin from wrinkles or pigmentation.*

Meshima contains ellagic acid and caffeic acid which are thought to possibly help with the overall glow of the skin.* Some studies have shown that the ingredients in Meshima mushrooms are comparable to vitamin C in supporting healthy skin.*

The beneficial properties of Meshima can be seen beyond supporting the skin which is the body’s largest organ.* Meshima promotes the reduction of free radicals, which is essential to support a natural immune response within healthy limits.*

Meshima & Respiratory Health:*

Meshima can help support healthy respiratory function within normal limits.* Some herbalists use Meshima when the seasons change in order to support clear airways.* Researchers have found that there may be components in Meshima that support a calm response of airways and keeping mucus production levels within normal limits.* For those with sensitive airways, Meshima can serve as an excellent addition to an already comprehensive respiratory health plan.*

Functional mushrooms can support many properties associated with overall health.* Our little fungal friends have been incorporated into human diets for thousands of years for nutritional and herbal support.* Some theorists believe that fungi have adapted alongside humans by over the course of many years. The presence of these diverse, nutrient-dense, adaptive organisms is worth appreciating and preserving.* Join the revival. learn about mushrooms through us podcast or maybe even invite them into your life with one of them our tinctures.*

Author: Melody Pezeshkian

More information:

DOI: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6603595

doi: 10.4110/in.2014.14.2.107

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