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Used in traditional Chinese medicinal practice for removing toxins, treatment of various infections, strengthening, energy increasing, improvement of liver and spleen function and enhancing of the immune response Trametes versicolor whose folk names are Turkey Tail (Western cultures), Yun-Zhi (China), or Kawaratake (Japan), is the most commonly used species from the genus whose whole fruiting bodies are used for tonic or tea preparation. In Ming Dynasty edition of the Compendium of Chinese Materia Medica, more than 120 strains of T. versicolor have been recorded for their medicinal properties which were the best manifested after chronic use.
Medicinal effects have been also demonstrated in conventional medicine mainly in treatment of various types of cancers, infections of the respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts, chronic hepatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some reports also implied traditional usage of polypore mushroom fruiting bodies for increasing memory and improvement of mental functions.
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