Turkey Tail


The best Turkey Tail according to scientists
Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor) is a power-shroom.
It is one of the most popular traditional remedies in Chinese and Japanese medicine and is still used today in modern Asian medicine, especially as an adjunct to cancer therapies.

In 1987 the polysaccharide Krestin (PSK), a hot water extract from turkey tail, topped annual sales in Japan of $358 million. This accounted for 25.5% of the country’s total anti-cancer drugs sales.
See below for scientific studies

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Turkey Tail is packed with antioxidants, powerful flavonoids and more than 35 phenols, which help to improve stamina and support gut health.

Suggested Dose: Take 0.5ml (10 drops) to 2ml (40 drops) once a day
The product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease and is not a substitute for a balanced diet

  • Do not exceed the suggested dose
  • Take it with your favourite drink or directly under the tongue
  • Only to be taken orally
  • Do not use for infants or children
  • Do not use for animals
  • Keep out of reach of young children
  • Do not use during pregnancy

Turkey Tail has been used traditionally either as a tea or an extract to dispel phlegm (tumours) and improve the Qi (energy). Do not use it as a replacement therapy for cancer, because it won’t heal you from any ailment on its own. Turkey tail can be used as an adjunct with other therapies. Consult with your doctor, especially when you take Turkey Tail with other medication. Please do not take medical advice from our or any other website.

Questions and answers about Turkey Tail and Reishi from the National Institute of cancer


Suggested Benefits

Lung cancer
A systematic review in 2015 suggested that Turkey Tail may improve immune function and reduces symptoms of, and extend survival time in lung cancer patients.

A clinical trial, led by K W Tsang of the Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong titled “Coriolus versicolor polysaccharide peptide slows progression of advanced non-small cell lung cancer“, suggests that treatment with Coriolus versicolor appears to be associated with slower deterioration in patients with advanced

A Chinese study in 2015 demonstrated how one protein-bound beta glucan in Turkey Tail can be a potent anti-obesity component.

Breast cancer
A study in 2012, led  by Carolyn J. Torkelson of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, titled “Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Trametes versicolor in Women with Breast Cancer“, suggests that Coriolus versicolor is a safe immunotherapy for breast cancer patients that may correct radiotherapy-related immune defects.

A study led by Chun-Kwok Wong, from the Department of Chemical Pathology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong with the title “Immunomodulatory activities of Yunzhi and Danshen in post-treatment breast cancer patients“, suggests that Coriolus versicolor could be beneficial for promoting immunological function in post-treatment of breast cancer patients.

An in vitro study led by Tomasz Jędrzejewski, in 2020 demonstrated that Turkey Tail disrupts tumour cell communication.
The title of the study is “Protein-Bound Polysaccharides from Coriolus Versicolor Fungus Disrupt the Crosstalk Between Breast Cancer Cells and Macrophages through Inhibition of Angiogenic Cytokines Production and Shifting Tumour-Associated Macrophages from the M2 to M1 Subtype“.

Another in vitro study from 2020, led by Małgorzata Pawlikowska, from the ‘Department of Immunology, Faculty of Biological and Veterinary Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland’, called “Protein-Bound Polysaccharides from Coriolus Versicolor Induce RIPK1/RIPK3/MLKL-Mediated Necroptosis in ER-Positive Breast Cancer and Amelanotic Melanoma Cells”  provided novel insights into the effects of Turkey Tail on ER-positive breast cancer cells.

A case report by Paul Stamets from 2012

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)
A Singaporean study in 2017 demonstrated that Coriolus versicolor improved quality of life, but did not increase life span in palliative care for HCC.

Oral Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
A randomised controlled trial in France in 2014 proved that a combination of Coriolus versicolor and Reishi reduced the prevalence of HPV by 88%

Live life to the full
Trametes versicolor is also called Coriolus versicolor or more colloquially ‘Turkey Tail’, because it resembles the tail of a turkey. Turkey Tail is a colourful bracket fungus native to Asian, American and European woodlands. You can find it on decomposing hardwood stumps, branches and twigs and occasionally on conifers.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the mushroom is a symbol of Yang energy. The mushroom is described as an effective vitality mushroom with the characteristics of sweet and slightly warm. Natural products with these TCM characteristics are considered to be activating, motivating, and stimulating.
There has been renewed interest for medicinal mushrooms and forest bathing to improve one’s health and wellbeing.