Soil Association

Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushrooms


turkey tail

Trametes Versicolor has been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits all over Asia. The uncanny resemblance of turkey feathers on its surface in the form of rings gives it another common name of “turkey tail mushrooms”. In China, it is called Yun Zhi, and in Japan, Kawaratake—“cloud mushroom”. It’s widely used for its antioxidant properties which boost immunity, bone strength, and overall energy, and to provide health benefits for proper liver functioning as well.


Majorly grown in North America, it’s a fungus which grows in rows and layers in the form of colonies and is 1 to 4 inches long with an orange, grey, cream, and brown ring-like pattern resembling a turkey tail. It’s a beneficial wood decompose often found on logs, stumps, trunks, and fallen tree branches which helps to break down the components to decompose and return the nutrients to the soil which is part of the life cycle. It’s found all year round in the pacific northwest region, but majorly from May to December.


Turkey tail mushroom has been used in the form of herbal teas, powder in capsules, even chewed like gum but its fibrous texture makes it harder to consume it in a raw form. This FDA approved mushroom has several benefits that give it the title of a life savoir.

It’s a popular cancer combating agent given to patients under chemotherapy to boost immunity and detoxification from harmful toxins. it can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy’s radiations by stimulating the favourable immune cells while putting down or suppressing the unfavourable ones. People with various forms of cancers such as of the lungs, esophageal, ovarian, and cervical cancer have reported that they have had a healthier and less painful recovery as compared to people who haven’t been availing the benefits of this herb when going under a conventional cancer treatment. It has been given in hospitals in China since 1987 and Japan since 1977 for cancer treatment.


turkey tail mushroom


Pro-biotic and dietary fibers present in the herb have been proven to provide sturdy digestive health since it feeds on the good bacteria for better gut health. Another purpose of this fiber is to prevent the absorption of the toxic compounds in the digestive tracts which, in the long run, prevents cancer of the colon and the rectum.


Turkey tails have also been used as pain-killers, being safe and sound on the body with no side effects. Over the years, studies and researches have shown that turkey tail mushroom even helps in regenerating damaged bone marrow. Its tea is known to reduce the phlegm along with the effects of respiratory ailments and fight infections. Its antiviral properties are now being recognised in relieving the symptoms of HIV and HPV viruses. People with poor liver health have shown recovery from the use of this mushroom from liver inflammation, infections and hepatitis B.


Turkey’s tail can be dehydrated and turned into powder form to use in tea or shakes. Extracts are mainly available in powder form. Consuming daily can be beneficial but first, take your physician’s advice before adding it to your health regime.


Conclusively, over the years, people have been using turkey tail traditionally for its benefits for liver disease, stomach health, fighting infections, detoxification’s, boosting energy and immunity, and overall health of the consumers. Further research and modern age studies have been still working to reap out the benefits. The researchers have provided promising results of the mushroom and continue to thrive to prove its benefits.