Lion's Mane

Lion's Mane

Common name Lion’s Mane

Latin name Hericium erinaceus

Parts used Fruiting body, mycelium


System affinities

Lion’s mane is particularly sympathetic to the nervous system and circulatory system.



Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Lion’s Mane is an antibiotic, immune boosting, nootropic.  It is indicated for the vata dosha.


Taste/Quality

Cool, sweet, and damp.


Indications

It is indicated for a variety of nervous disorders including ADHD, alzheimers, and anxiety.  It also finds use in medicinals directed towards autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s Disease.



History/lore

It has been long used in east asian medicine.  In Japan it is known as Yamabushitake, or Lion’s Mushroom.  It is said to give “Nerves of Steel” or the “memory of a lion”


Habitat

Lions Mane mushroom prefers dead hardwood as a natural habitat. Oak, walnut, beech, maple, and sycamore tree are all ideal for this fungus. Lions mane (Hericium species) is common during late summer and fall in forests of Europe, North America and Asia.