Our ancestors have used mushrooms as medicine for thousands of years. The Greek physician
Hippocrates, 450 BCE, classified the amadou mushroom (Fomes fomentarius) as a potent anti-inflammatory and for cauterizing wounds. Although mushrooms have long been used by various cultures, only recently has modern science rediscovered what the ancients knew long ago—that mushrooms can be deep reservoirs of powerful medicines (Stamets & Zwickey, 2014).
Indeed, it is well established that both the human population and Mother Earth could benefit from the existence of mushrooms which could one day save the world. From fulfilling our macro-nutrient needs to increasing our immune system in order to fight off viruses & diseases (Stamets, 2009; 2012).
Some mushrooms, however, are now under clinical trials due to their mind altering effects which has the potential to cure a number of mental health disorders such as depression, addiction, and anxiety with many more results soon to come. And as long as there are organizations who are allowed to study any psychedelics with medicinal uses, then it could very possibly be that they have been part of our evolution for thousands of years (Jr, 2017; Mcrae, 2017; Thomas, Malcolm & Lastra, 2017).
The benefits of mycelium to our planet
Mycelium is the roots of white fuzzy threads or network where mushrooms spawn. Paul Stamets has briefly explained on Fungi the impact mycelium has on our ecology
Four components of mycorestoration are described in detail:
These hardwood dowels, or “plug spawn”, have been inoculated with a single species of fungi. Plug spawn is used to inoculate a fresh cut log to encourage the growth and fruiting of a specific species of edible and/or medicinal mushroom. Plug spawn can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 months before use.
Log Incubation period
Log Fruiting Cycle
After the incubation period, logs can be soaked to force a fruiting.
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