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Wild-harvested, traditional Japanese mushroom tea for general health and boosting immunity. Packs natural antitumor, antiviral and antibacterial compounds.

Kofuki-Saru-no-Koshikake Ganoderma tea

Made from dried and diced pure Kofuki Saru no Koshikake mushrooms (literally meaning "powder-covered monkey's bench"), scientifically called Ganoderma applanatum.

Easy brew instructions below.

Health Benefits

Of about 140,000 species of mushrooms worldwide only 10% are identified, and a much smaller number have been studied. In recent decades, Ganoderma applanatum has been the subject of intense research in biology, immunology and oncology [1and the mitochondrial genome was fully sequenced in 2015 [2].

Its immune-boosting, antitumor, antiviral and numerous other benefits are due to powerful compounds which include:

  • β-D-Glucans [3,4] 
  • Ganoderic acid triterpenes [5,6,7]
  • Extracellular polysaccharides [8]

Also, recent studies have identified a new compound, named applanatumin A, with strong antifibrotic properties mitigating kidney ailments caused by fibrosis [9].

Flavor Notes and How Much to Take

Refreshing tea with smooth, rich, slightly sweet and very mushroomy flavor.

One pack makes about 60 cups. Taking two cups per day is typical.

See below for How to Brew.

Wild Harvested, All Natural


 Processed and dried using traditional Japanese techniques

Hand-selected. Hygienically packed to ensure optimal quality


Wild harvested in subtropical
highlands of Miyazaki region
of Kyushu island, southern Japan.

Type: Herbal
Region: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
Caffeine: None
Ingredients: 100% Japanese Kofuki-Saru-no-Koshikake (Ganoderma applanatum)
Net Weight: 60 grams
Product of Japan

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How to Brew

The Japanese Senjiru Method

Senjiru is a time-tested Japanese method for brewing herbal teas. It is used to yield the maximum goodness locked deep in the herb, and to deliver the optimum combination of aroma, flavor and color.

Use good water and a non-reactive kettle to make tea

☞ Always use fresh, good quality water (but not distilled.) If tap water, let it run cold for at least 10 seconds before using it.

☞ Always use a non-reactive kettle such as glass, stainless steel, enamel or cast iron (never aluminum!)

☞ Best not to use infusers or tea bags. Loose pieces move more freely and make better contact with water, allowing for richer extraction of goodness and flavor.

The following instructions are for making four 250 ml cups (1 liter).


Pour 4 cups of cold water into a kettle. Add 4 grams (1 flat tbsp.)


Heat to a full, rolling boil.


Turn heat down, and simmer for 15 minutes.


Turn heat off, and wait for about 10 minutes.


Strain and serve.

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  1. Culture Conditions for the Mycelial Growth of Ganoderma applanatum
    Mycobiology. 2009 Jun; 37(2): pp 94–102.
  2. The complete mitochondrial genome of the medicinal fungus Ganoderma applanatum
    Mitochondrial DNA: Journal of DNA Mapping. 2015 Jun.
  3. Isolation and characterization of antitumor active β-d-glucans from the fruit bodies of Ganoderma applanatum
    Carbohydrate Research. 115(1):273–280; Apr 1983
  4. Antitumor Activity of Water-Soluble β-D-Glucan Elaborated by Ganoderma applanatum
    Agricultural and Biological Chemistry. Vol. 45 (1981) No. 1 pp 323-326
  5. Antibacterial Activity of Steroidal Compounds Isolated from Ganoderma applanatum
    International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. V1, 1999 Issue 4, p 325-330
  6. Applanoxidic acids A, B, C and D, biologically active tetracyclic triterpenes from Ganoderma applanatum
    Phytochemistry. V 30, Issue 12, 1991, pp 4105-4109
  7. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the Ganoderma applanatum extracts induces apoptosis on SGC-7901 gastric cancer cells
    Cell Biochemistry and Function. V 29, Issue 3, pp 175–182, Apr 2011
  8. Exopolysaccharide from Ganoderma applanatum as a Promising Bioactive Compound with Cytostatic and Antibacterial Properties
    BioMed Research International. Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 743812
  9. Applanatumin A, a new dimeric meroterpenoid from Ganoderma applanatum that displays potent antifibrotic activity
    Organic Letters. 2015, 17 (5), pp 1110–1113

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  1. enjoyable tea

    Posted by Rachel Jones on 10th Apr 2016

    this is the most enjoyable tea i have. it is very nourishing and tasty and always makes me feel satisfied and comforted. I never thought I would love a mushroom tea.

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