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MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

New York OPEN CENTER – Medicinal Mushroom Workshop…………Sunday, June 4th 2017

In this workshop renowned mycologist Gary Lincoff, author of several books on mushrooms (including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms), who teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden and was featured in the award-winning documentary, Know Your Mushrooms, will show us how a variety of fungal species can be used to clean up the environment and to radically boost our health and wellbeing.

The material covered will include: a basic primer on mushrooms-their biology, life-cycle, varieties, etc.; how to find, identify and grow them; how they are being used to clean up some toxins in the environment; and how to add specific health-promoting medicinal and culinary mushrooms to our diets to enhance the functioning of the body’s organs and nervous, digestive and endocrine systems; fight inflammation; boost mental and athletic performance; and help combat many illnesses. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a leading expert on how to use mushrooms to improve your life.

A Full Day Workshop
Sunday, June 4, 10-5:30 pm
Members $130/ Nonmembers $145
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MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

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A few recommendations:

FungiPerfecti.com : See the website for all mushroom products

Hobbs, Christopher. “Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture.”

Lincoff, Gary. “The Complete Mushroom Hunter.”

Rogers, Robert. “The Fungal Pharmacy”

Stamets, Paul. “Mycomedicinals: An Information Booklet on Medicinal Mushrooms”

Stamets, Paul. “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World”

http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs#A

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Some Medicinal Mushrooms growing wild in the greater New York area:

POLYPORES

Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk)                        anti-microbial                                       tea

Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi)                                           anti-inflammatory, anti-viral            tea

Grifola frondosa (Maitake, Hen of the Woods)            cardio-vascular, anti-viral                  saute

Inonotus obliquus (Chaga)                                                anti-inflammatory                               tea

Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom)               urinary tract infections                       saute

Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore)                           coagulant, anti-bacterial                    poultice

Polyporus umbellatus (Zhu Ling, Umbrella Polypore)            anti-tumor                                tea?

Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)                                    anti-tumor, organ tonic                      tea

GILLED MUSHROOMS

Agaricus subrufescens (Almond Agaricus) [?]     anti-tumor, choles.-reducing   saute

Flammulina velutipes (Enoki)                                    anti-tumor                                   stir-fry

Hypsizygus ulmarius (Elm Oyster) [?]            stomach & intestinal diseases            saute

Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster)                                    cholesterol-reducing                        saute

TOOTH FUNGI

Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane, Bear’s Head)            cognitive enhancing                        saute

JELLY FUNGI

Auricularia auricula (Wood-ear)                             slows platelet aggregation            soup

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Some Medicinal Mushrooms available in markets in the greater NYC area. (Many of those listed above are available in local markets – Asian markets or farmers’ markets)

Auricularia polytricha  (Mu-ehr, Wood-ear)     slows platelet aggregation            soup

Cordyceps militaris (Caterpillar Fungus)            cardio-vascular, sexual potentiator  soup

Cordyceps sinensis (Caterpillar Fungus)            cardio-vascular, sexual potentiator  soup

Fomitopsis officinalis (Agarikon)            anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-viral

capsules only (Host Defense, Fungi Perfecti)

Hypsizygus tesselatus (Beech Mushrooms)            anti-tumor                                    saute

Lentinula edodes (Shiitake)                                    anti-viral, cholesterol-reducing            roast

Phallus sp. (possibly P. rubrovolvata)                        anti-inflammatory               soup, stew

Phellinus linteus [song gen (Korean)]                        anti-cancer effects                        bath?

Pleurotus eryngii (King Oyster)                                    anti-inflammatory                        saute

Tremella fuciformis (White Jelly Fungus)                        anti-viral, convalescence             soup

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“MAGIC MUSHROOMS” used as “medicines”

Psilocybe spp. (magic mushrooms)                        cluster headaches, drug abuse            dried

Amanita muscaria (Fly-Agaric)                        community bonding, deliriant            dried

Gymnopilus spectabilis (Big Laughing Gym)            anti-inhibitory                        dried

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POISONOUS MUSHROOMS USED IN A MEDICINAL WAY

Amanita phalloides (Death Cap)                                    alpha-amanitin kills cancer cells

Coprinus atramentarius (Alcohol Inky)                        antibuse-like coprine inhibits

enzyme in liver that detoxifies alcohol

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This page is devoted to MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS as MEDICINAL FOODS – as eaten COOKED and served in SOUP, STEW, STIR-FRY, and TEA. [See below for a chart on how best to use and preserve these mushrooms.]

By adding some of these mushrooms to your diet, you will be developing, in a very tasty, culinary way, an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICINAL MUSHROOM DIET, which should serve you well as so many of us live longer than our species ever has.

The idea for a Medicinal Mushroom Anti-Inflammatory Diet comes from Dr. Andrew Weil’s book “Spontaneous Happiness,” in which he has an appendix entitled “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet,” where he discusses what to eat and not eat, and why.

These “medicinal mushrooms” are mostly familiar locally obtained mushrooms found in urban and suburban parks and woods, as well as some in nearby forests. A few, like Shiitake, are available only in markets in the U.S.

These mushrooms are known to have beneficial effects on the BRAIN, the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, the HEART, the LIVER, the KIDNEYS, the SEX ORGANS, even the SKIN.

We will look at these mushrooms grouped by their most distinctive field or market appearance: the POLYPORES, the GILLED MUSHROOMS, the TOOTH FUNGI, the JELLY FUNGI, STINKHORNS, and CATERPILLAR FUNGI.

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MAJOR MEDICINAL POLYPORES:

Fomitopsis officinalis (Agarikon)

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Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi, Ling Chih)

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Grifola frondosa (Maitake, Hen of the Woods)

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Inonotus obliquus (Chaga)

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Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore)

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Polyporus umbellatus (Zhu Ling, Umbrella Polypore)

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Trametes versicolor (Turkey-Tail)

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MAJOR GILLED MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

Agaricus subrufescens (Almond Agaricus)

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Agrocybe aegerita (Black Poplar Mushroom, Pioppini, Tea-tree Mushroom)

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Flammulina velutipes (Enoki,  Velvet-foot, Winter Mushroom)

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Hypsizygus ulmarius (Elm Oyster)

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Lentinula edodes (Shiitake)

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Pleurotus eryngii (King Oyster)

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Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)

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Tricholoma matsutake and related species (Matsutake)

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MAJOR MEDICINAL JELLY FUNGI

Auricularia polytricha and related species (Wood-ear, Cloud-ear, Mu-ehr)

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Tremella fuciformis (White Jelly Fungus)

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MEDICINAL TOOTH FUNGI

Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) and related species

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MEDICINAL “GASTEROMYCETES”

Phallus rubrovolavatus (Cultivated Bamboo Fungus)

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MEDICINAL ASCOMYCETES

Cordyceps sinensis (Caterpillar Fungus)

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“MAGIC MUSHROOMS” as MEDICINAL FUNGI

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Amanita muscaria (Fly-Agaric, Wapac)

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Psilocybe cyanescens and related species (Magic Mushrooms)

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Gymnopilus spectabilis complex (Big Laughing Gym)

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