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The pākaiahi mushroom (Ganoderma applalatum), an edible type of medicinal fungus that has been used for various healing abilities by Māori of Aotearoa. It is a “superfood.” Pākaiahi is strongly anti-inflammatory and tied to longevity, better immune function and mental clarity.


As a rongoā (traditional plant medicine), pākaiahi  has been considered to be adaptogen herb-like substances, meaning they help us deal with the negative effects of stress — such as increased inflammation, depleted energy levels, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances.


Traditonally, the mushroom was used to carry fire in the forest. It was carried by chosen warriors to carefully keep the mushroom alight in damp and sometimes wet conditions for miles and in rugged terrain. Once the warriors had reached their destination, the mushroom was used to start a fire for cooking and keeping warm.  The focus and agility to keep the mushroom going showed the mana of the 'chosen ones'. It is for this reason that pākaiahi is reverred as a fire enhancing remedy for anyone that requires a super boost.


Over the past several decades, dozens of different studies conducted in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K. have demonstrated that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases or illnesses, including: (2)

  • inflammation
  • fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.)
  • liver disease
  • food allergies and asthma
  • digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome
  • tumor growth and cancer
  • skin disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • diabetes
  • viruses, including the flu, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis
  • heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • sleep disorders and insomnia
  • anxiety and depression


Because they work as an “immune modulator,” pākaiahi can help restore hormonal balance, bring the body back to homeostasis and regulate activity of the immune system. 


One of the best things about using pākaiahi is that it's capable of doing so much, yet compared to medications they’re non-toxic and produce hardly any side effects at all. In fact, most people notice a quick improvement in their energy levels, mental capabilities and moods while also experiencing a reduction in aches, pains, allergies, digestive issues and infections."


  • Pākaiahi (Ganoderma applatum) powder; fruiting body and mycellium.




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