Agarikon benefits may include protection against inflammation and viral infections. It’s called the elixir of long life.
Laricifomes officinalis, also called Agarikon mushroom, is a wood decay fungus that grows to resemble a very large beehive. It grows like a fruit hanging from the places where branches connect to trunks on old tall trees.
The word “Agarikon” comes from the name of an ancient Scythian people (nomadic tribes who lived in what is now southern Siberia). The mushroom was so important to these people that they named themselves after the fungus.
Early Europeans and Central Asians traditionally used this species for treatment of many ailments and infectious diseases. Its use has been documented in the Alps, Central and Eastern Europe, Urals, Siberia, and North America. Agarikon benefits may include support for coughing illnesses, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, bleeding, and infected wounds.
Agarikon Benefits— The Elixir of Long Life
In 65 A.D., Greek physician Dioscorides described Agarikon as “elixirium ad longam vitam” (“the elixir of long life”). His encyclopedia of diseases, medicines, and plant-based remedies was possibly the first herbal medical manual. In ancient Greece, Agarikon was used to treat respiratory illnesses, night sweats, and consumption (tuberculosis).
Agarikon extract is a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, and it has demonstrated antiviral properties. Inflammation helps to protect the body against different harmful stimuli, such as infection, chemical exposure, tissue damage, trauma, and bacteria exposure. However, excessive inflammation may harm tissues and organisms and has been associated with the development and onset of such inflammation-related diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
Agarikon Benefits: Antibacterial and Antiviral Support
Agarikon extract is active against viruses and bacteria, suggesting that it may provide a natural bioshield against potential infection and disease transmission. Agarikon extract shows evidence of a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral activity.
A recent article in Mycology states that Agarikon mushroom is “recognised as medicinal for millennia all over its distribution range, particularly against pulmonary diseases. … [B]ioactive molecules have been recently isolated from this fungus and proved to show remarkable antimicrobial effect.”
Some scientists are closely studying the results of ongoing clinical trials of Agarikon benefits and Agarikon extract’s antiviral properties. Says mycologist Paul Stamets, “If Agarikon’s antivirals prove to be effective in clinical trials, … we should save our old growth forests as a matter of national defense.”
Immune Support Kits Containing Agarikon
We sell Agarikon mushroom extract in 20g, 50g, and 100g sizes. We also sell it as one of six powerful herbs in our ShieldsUp Immune Support Kits. ShieldsUp kits are a proprietary collection of herbal extracts, including Agarikon mushroom, Cistus incanus, Phyllanthus niruri, Rosa rugosa (Rose Hips), and Torilis japonica (Japanese Hedge Parsley).
Each ingredient in the ShieldsUp kit was specifically chosen to help fight colds, flus, coughs, and invading pathogens so you can harness the power of nature to support your immune system. The kits are designed to work in concert with traditional recommendations that can help support your immune system. (Best of all, two or more kits ship free in the U.S.)
We recommend that you start with the Agarikon FAQ and review the scientific research regarding Agarikon benefits. We choose each of the small collection of products we sell with great intention and care. Our goal: select teas and extracts that have excellent potential to help you optimize your health.