Traditional Japanese herbal tea for general health and boosting immunity. Packs natural antitumor, antiviral and antibacterial compounds.
Wild-harvested, easy-to- brew dried and diced pure Kofuki Saru no Koshikake mushrooms (literally meaning "powder-covered monkey's bench"), scientifically called Ganoderma applanatum.
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  and the mitochondrial genome was fully sequenced in 2015 .
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 
Also, recent studies have identified a new compound, named applanatumin A, with strong antifibrotic properties mitigating kidney ailments caused by fibrosis .
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
✓ Dried and diced using traditional Japanese techniques
✓ Hand-selected and hygienically packed to ensure optimal quality
Wild harvested in subtropical
highlands of Miyazaki region
of Kyushu island, southern Japan.
Region: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
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.
☞ 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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- Culture Conditions for the Mycelial Growth of Ganoderma applanatum
Mycobiology. 2009 Jun; 37(2): pp 94–102.
- The complete mitochondrial genome of the medicinal fungus Ganoderma applanatum
Mitochondrial DNA: Journal of DNA Mapping. 2015 Jun.
- Isolation and characterization of antitumor active β-d-glucans from the fruit bodies of Ganoderma applanatum
Carbohydrate Research. 115(1):273–280; Apr 1983
- Antitumor Activity of Water-Soluble β-D-Glucan Elaborated by Ganoderma applanatum
Agricultural and Biological Chemistry. Vol. 45 (1981) No. 1 pp 323-326
- Antibacterial Activity of Steroidal Compounds Isolated from Ganoderma applanatum
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. V1, 1999 Issue 4, p 325-330
- Applanoxidic acids A, B, C and D, biologically active tetracyclic triterpenes from Ganoderma applanatum
Phytochemistry. V 30, Issue 12, 1991, pp 4105-4109
- 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
- Exopolysaccharide from Ganoderma applanatum as a Promising Bioactive Compound with Cytostatic and Antibacterial Properties
BioMed Research International. Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 743812
- 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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