Polypore Fruiting Body Medicinal Mushrooms ~

Polypore mushrooms are medicinal mushrooms that have been used for centuries as a nutritious tonic to strengthen all systems. They have a high level of antioxidants that nourish and balance the body, and they are called adaptogens because they help the body adapt to any kind of stress.

This group of mushrooms grow on rotting logs and stumps and are called bracket fungi, because they look like shelves or brackets. They are usually found on rotting birch trees, but are also found on other trees.

There are culinary, medicinal and poisonous varieties of mushrooms, and correct identification is important. Caution when picking mushrooms because misidentification can lead to fatalities, poisoning and death.

Get fungi from a reputable source. If you want to wild craft mushrooms take a knowledgeable guide with you in to nature, along with many different sources of field guide books, but caution is always advised!

Artist Conk Art by Jody King

imageArtist’s conk is the only fungi identifiable by the ability to etch designs and words on it. It grows on hardwood trees like maples.



Remove Mushrooms with a hatchet, axe or knife. Chop them up with a hammer or axe in a cardboard box. You can dry them out for a couple of days in a warm dry place. Use polypore mushrooms medicinally in a tea or tincture, and they are typically not used in culinary edible cooking preparations.

There is new research into how mushrooms clean up the planet by eating up oil spills and breaking down plastics.

This is a good documentary about knowing your mushrooms.


This is a good website about mushrooms in eastern Canada and United States.




 Common Name  Varnish Polypore Fruiting Body/ aka Bracket Fungi 
Latin Name  Ganoderma spp. L.


Lacquered Polypore- G. lucidum aka Reishi

Hemlock varnish shelf- G. tsugae

Artist’s Conk- Ganoderma  applanatum

Family Polypore family Ganodermataceae L. 
Parts Used Fruiting body/Mushroom/Fungi
Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Urinary, Heart
Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to: Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Heart, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Urinary SystemsLowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure, supportive for Cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies,
Properties Underlined properties are primary:Adaptogen, adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic, antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic, antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent, bitter, blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic,  nervine, pancreatic, relaxant, spleenic, tranquilizer, vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents Polysaccharides, polyphenols, phytosterols.
Cautions Polypore bracket fungi are medicinal mushrooms, but correct identification is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.

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