History of Functional Mushrooms

by Josh Wilson

Functional Mushrooms for Medicinal Use


Imaging you are trekking through the mountains between Italy and Austria. The climate is almost unbearable - snow, ice, wind. What would you bring with you to help you survive? Otzi the iceman from 3300 B.C. had mushrooms!¹ In his bag were remnants of one species most likely used as a fire starter. Additionally, he also carried a birch polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) that has traditionally been used to inhibit bacterial growth. Medicine? Without his input we cannot be certain however, current members of that species have been sought after for the same reason. 

In Japan, traditional/folk medicine has utilized turkey tail (Coriolus versicolor) to boost the immune system and ward off infection. It worked so well that modern medicine has been using them for the last 30 years as one of the species to treat cancer independently or in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation.²

Seemingly every culture throughout history has used mushrooms and other fungi for a function other than nutritional. How we feel, how we function is key to our survival and success. We can’t let fear or uncertainty stand in the way of our personal health!


Silo Wellness has created a line of legal functional mushroom tinctures that may be used to address a variety of personal health needs. We have birch polypore in our Complete -14 tincture and turkey tail as an individual species tincture as well as part of two multi-species blends: Immunity and Complete -14.


Visit our store at siloreboot.com to see what other kinds of fungus is among us!