Duanwood™ Reishi is a kind of Reishi that is grown on wood logs. Forest trees are sustainably harvested and cut into logs. Dragon Herbs Duanwood Reishi is grown on a tree known as Cyclobalanopsis glauca. The wood of this tree is very hard. It is commonly used to make handles for tools. It is the natural, preferred food for Reishi in the Wuyi Mountains. All logs must be at least 6” in diameter. Only this “Duanwood” (“wood logs”) is inoculated with Reishi spores. The Reishi consumes the log and, at the appropriate time, shoots up the fruiting body (mushroom), which then matures into a fully grown Reishi mushroom. It is harvested at the peak of its life cycle, ensuring maximum biological potency. The best time to harvest Duanwood™ Reishi is right after it has spread spores. Every two years, the Reishi field moves to a different area in the mountain so the soil has a chance to rejuvenate.
The reputation of Reishi over the past three thousand years is based on the fruiting body only. Dragon Herbs Duanwood Reishi is grown in the pristine Wuyi Mountain range in a semi-wild environment to simulate wild Reishi’s growing conditions as much as possible. This is to ensure the chemical profile resemblance.
Most Reishi sold on the market is grown on sawdust or rice hulls, not on the natural forest wood. In fact, most Reishi on the market is not even the fruiting body – it is just the mycelium, which is the fungus without a fruiting body developed from the sawdust. That is an inferior product. Reishi mycelium does not contain triterpenes, one of the most important active constituents in Reishi. Triterpenes are only produced when Reishi grows into a fruiting body. Hothouse Reishi and Reishi mycelium are grown in a completely man-made artificial environment. It endures no hardship during development; therefore, it is hard to say it possesses the qualities for which Reishi is famous. Products made of mycelium invariably contain some “culture medium” that mycelium grows in. This is not ideal as the medium is not intended for human consumption. Mycelium can’t be truly organic since it is “cultured.” Once it is fermented, it requires lots of nutrition to grow. Therefore, while eating the
mycelium, people actually consume all those “nutrients” that have been added to the mycelium culture medium as well, including corn,
starch, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, sugar, etc.
When deciding what kind of Reishi to buy, keep this simple fact in mind: Reishi mycelium takes 2-3 days to grow in a fermentation tank, while real Duanwood Reishi ™ mushroom fruiting body takes almost a year to mature naturally in the mountain. 2-3 days vs. 365 days.
Duanwood™ Reishi extract contains no “culture medium” by–products, because there is no culture medium. Only the fruiting body is used for extraction, and there is no artificially grown mycelial mass – just an inoculated natural Duanwood log planted in forest soil.
Dragon Herbs does not use hothouse Reishi mycelium in any of its products. All Dragon Herbs products that include cultivated Reishi, utilize Duanwood™ – forest harvested logs – as the Reishi’s food.