Medicinal Mushrooms of the PNW

Anna Sitkoff

Description
We will be exploring medicinal mushrooms on multiple levels; journeying with the mushrooms through the world of ethnomycology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy and the most current research. This class will cover mushroom identification of local medicinal mushrooms, the collection season, and an in depth constituent analysis and the relationship between these constituents and the human system. We will also discuss formulating with mushrooms and their practical and clinical applications. People will leave this class feeling confident in using polypore mushrooms in medicine and food, and have a thorough understanding of how these mushrooms are supporting us through mind, body and spirit.

About the Teacher
I am an absolute mycophile - mostly when it comes to the polypores and especially when it comes to their medicinal qualities  and the various ways of preparing them for assimilation into the human system. I am a student of Naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and I do research exploring the cytotoxic and immuno-modulating properties of Fomitopsis (Rhodemfomes) cajanderi on various cancer cell lines. I have devoted a lot of time to creating a blog: Reishiandroses.com cajanderi on various cancer cell lines. I have devoted a lot of time to creating a blog: Reishiandroses.com ) where I have made monographs on the medicinal polypores of the PNW and provide recipes for various medicine making techniques. I also have created literature reviews with the most current polypore research around various topics that I find interesting.