Medicinal Mushrooms: An Overview of Historical and Modern Knowledge

Come visit Dr. Lorinda at the Illinois Mycological Association's annual show at the Chicago Botanic Garden Sunday, September 2nd.


Explore the use of medicinal mushrooms! Learn about Reishi, Maitake, Shitake, Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Chaga, and Lions Mane, including ethnomycology and traditional Asian use. We’ll talk about their nutritional value, but also mushroom compounds that have been studied and used in research, and compare that information with forms are available for consumption today.

Pictured to the right is the beautiful and amazing Grifola frondosa, commonly called Maitake or Hen of the Woods.  This mushroom has pre-clinical support to improve health by modulating the immune system, supporting digestive health, and being anti-inflammatory. 

To learn more about the show, see the events page HERE

Click this link to learn more about the Illinois Mycological Association. 

Dr. Lorinda Sorensen teaches Herbal Medicine at National University of Health Sciences, where she is an assistant professor and also teaches classes in naturopathic philosophy, endocrinology, and women’s health. She is a member and currently serves on the board of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( In addition, she was a founding director of the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is a member of the United Plant Savers, and currently serves as the treasurer for the Illinois Mycological Association.

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