Latin Name: Coriolus Versicolor
Other Name: Turkey Tail, Cloud Mushroom
Yunzhi also known as Coriolus Versicolor, is a type of cloud-like mushroom with health-promoting qualities. It is mainly found in the Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in China and grows deep in the forest.
Traditional Uses of Yunzhi
Yunzhi was traditionally called "zhi" in ancient times. Its effects have been known for thousands of years and are documented in Chinese medical texts throughout history. The earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference, Shennong Bencaojing (Classic of Herbal Medicine), published 2000 years ago regarded "zhi" as a godly medicine.
In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), Li Shi-Zhen's Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of Materia Medica) described the zhi's effects as invigorating vital energy, and stimulating longevity and rejuvenation after prolonged consumption.
Yunzhi in Modern Society
Yunzhi is one of the most researched and respected of the medicinal fungi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is commonly used to clear dampness, reduce phlegm, manage pulmonary disorders, increase energy levels and benefit people with chronic diseases. It is also a useful treatment for promoting a healthy upper respiratory system.
Yunzhi is also highly regarded for its beneficial effects on liver health and its ability to treat general weaknesses in the immune system.
Benefits of Yunzhi
- Supports liver detoxification
- Improves alertness and energy level
- Nourishes spleen and helps reduce water retention
- Boosts immune system
- Strengthens and improves functions of liver and lungs
- Aids recovery from cough and eases breathlessness
- Reduces heatiness and aids in detoxification
- Supports health recuperation from surgery and illness