Turkey Tail Mushroom and Arnebia Oil

Turkey Tail Mushroom
Safe, Powerful Immunity Builder

by Brien Quirk
Director of R & D

• Water extract rich in polysaccharides
• Powerful immune support
• Powerful water-soluble immune actives: PSK and PSP
• PSK and PSP are well absorbed orally
• Analgesic – good pain relief
• Supports fat loss, based on cell studies and human clinical

Turkey Tail Mushroom (TTM) has been extensively studied in other countries including Japan and China for its multiple anticancer effects and immune-restoring properties. It is one of the most common polypore medicinal mushrooms in the northern forests of China, Japan, Europe, the US and Canada, and is known in China and Japan as Yun Zhi and Kawaratake, respectively.

TTM, known botanically as Trametes versicolor, syn. Coriolus versicolor, is a medicinal mushroom widely prescribed in China for the prevention and treatment of cancer and infections. Clinically the aqueous extract displays a wide range of biological activities, including stimulating effects on various immune cells and inhibition of cancer growth (Chu). In traditional Chinese medicine, TTM is used to reduce phlegm, clear dampness (fluid accumulation, infection), heal pulmonary conditions, strengthen the musculature, increase energy, and support the chronically ill (Yang, Jong, Ying). It is also used for infections and inflammation of the upper respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts.

TTM contains two well-known protein-bound polysaccharides, known as PSK (Polysaccharide-K) and PSP (Polysaccharide-Peptide) which are some of the most promising immune factors known. These complexes induce gene expressions of several immune messengers and receptors (Ooi). PSK significantly extended survival at five years or beyond treatment in several cancers. The active PSP significantly improved the quality of life, gave measurable pain relief, and enhanced immune status in 70-97 percent of patients (Kidd).

Oral treatment with PSK led to a significant decrease in the cancer recurrence rate and increases in disease-free survival. The polysaccharides and polysaccharide-protein complexes activate many kinds of immune cells. Prostate tumors were completely blocked though oral PSP (Luk).

PSK has many bioactive effects, andprevents the loss of immune response with aging that often leads to cancer (Matsunaga). Tumors are known to depress immune function, which prevents the body’s immune system from killing the tumors. PSK given orally boosted killer T cells and competed with immunosuppressive substances in tumors. After oral dosing of PSK to rats, small and large molecular substances appeared in the blood serum showing that large molecular weight immune compounds were being absorbed (Tsukagoshi).

PSP increases interferon alpha and gamma in white blood cells 4 to 8 times higher than controls (Li). PSK expresses SOD activity and enhanced cell activity about 7-8 times the normal levels. Cancer cells are low in SOD which is thought to be related to cancer progression (Kobayashi).

TTM has other clinically studied benefits. Pain killing or analgesia can be induced by PSP through its interaction with receptors in the brain (Gong). Treatment with TTM extract relieved the symptoms of IBD. A compound in TTM known as ternatin isolated from the mushroom inhibits fat formation in fat cells. In a human clinical study for immune effects, it not only improved immunity but also helped decrease percent body fat (Tsang).

Draco manufactures a Full Spectrum Turkey Tail extract standardized to 25% polysaccharides using a proprietary water extraction process, guaranteeing high levels of immune active polysaccharides such as PSP and PSK. Please request ordering information and minimum quantities.


Arnebia Oil
for Topical Arthritis, Wound Healing, and Varicose Veins

• Anti-inflammatory and anti-redness
• Acne control from anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects
• Relieves swelling
• Helps with wound healing, tissue trauma, and bruising
• Anti-microbial against warts
• Might help prevent varicose veins

Arnebia can help control acne because of its potent anti-microbial effects according to traditional Chinese medicine. It has been shown to be effective against a wide range of bacteria, including dangerous skin pathogens including MRSA Staph infection. Its anti-inflammatory effects have made it effective for treating acne rosacea which is not caused by bacteria or over-active sebaceous glands, but is related to inflammation processes that cause blood vessel damage and enlargement.

As a topical arthritis rub, Arnebia inhibits COX2 in sore joints. The activity shown by different extracts was comparable to that of the reference drug ibuprofen (Kaith; Subbaramaiah).

For anti-edema effects, Arnebia euchroma aqueous root extract blocked tissue swelling with 61.2% inhibition of comparable to that of the reference drug ibuprofen (50 mg/kg, (Kaith).

To relieve redness, swelling, trauma/tissue injuries, its active constituent Shikonin can inhibit COX 2 enzymes in skin cells. Inflammation in skin leads to redness, wrinkling, pigmentation and other skin damage (Subbaramaiah). Shikonin from Arnebia reduces biosynthesis of leukotrienes that cause redness and swelling (Wang).

For healing diabetic wounds, bedsores, and other wounds, Shikonins accelerates wound healing, capillary vessel number and collagen synthesis, along with having considerable antibacterial activity (Fujita). The extract of Arnebia euchroma contains anti-bacterial alkannin, a shikonin that is active against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (Shen).

The conditions that lead to varicose veins involve inflammation and vasodilation. Arnebia has both vascular constricting effects (Hu 2004) and anti-inflammatory effects (Wang 1994) which may be helpful to counteract the causes of varicose veins (Wang).

Draco manufactures a high purity Arnebia Oil for cosmetic use. Please request ordering information and minimum quantities.

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References for both articles are available upon request.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this document is intended as background information about botanicals as a compilation of historical, ethnobotanical, traditional uses and research studies which are widely available. No health claims are made or implied from this information, and any product use should be based on the independent evaluation of actual merits to make appropriate and accurate structure function claims. This information was compiled based on interest in the current state of research background for botanicals in general, does not necessarily imply the same effect would be found for the extract sold by Draco. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, and treat diseases in the US. Usage and claims for these products should be evaluated and used in conformance to the particular regulatory laws and statutes of countries where it is to be marketed.

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