Latin: Lentinula erodes
Parts Used: Fruiting body
Taste/Energetics: Sweet, Neutral
Properties: Adaptogen, immunostimulator, nutritive tonic, anti-tumoral
Actions: Shitake mushrooms are an incredible tonic to add to your diet as they have numerous medicinal properties. Shiitakes are filled with vitamins and minerals and have a high level of magnesium, calcium and potassium. Shitake stimulates the immune system to fight off colds, the flu and infections. Shitake also has been studied for its ability to inhibit tumor cells from growing and to improve outcomes during radiation therapy for cancer.
In terms of mental health I think of shiitake for those who appear fatigued, listless and depressed with frequent colds.
Dosage: Shitake can be added to bone broth, soups or taken as part of medicinal mushroom tonic elixirs and decoctions. One can add shitake liberally to the diet. Please see the recipe section if you are interested in making “mushroom medicine” in the form of tincture and decoction.