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Latin synonyms: Ganoderma applanatum, Polyporus applanatus
Common name synonyms: Artist's Fungus, Giant Shelf Fungus, Kofukisanunokoshikake, Kofukitake, Shelf Fungus, Tree Tongue, White Mottled Rot Mushroom

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Artist Conk
Artist Conk
is so named because it provides an excellent material for artistic carvings.  The whitish pores stain brown when bruised, and very intricate etchings can be made in this way.

Artist Conk is a perennial that can live for 40-50 years or longer.  It grows quite large, as you can see in the picture to the left.  Mushroom expert David Arora calls it "the most common conk in our area [USA]," together with Red-belted Conk (Fomitopsis pinicola). 400

Artist Conk can be found growing on practically every species of hardwood tree, plus many conifers, including Douglas Fir.  Arora says, "The only regions where it seems to be absent are those where there aren't any trees!" 400

Our ancestors would burn Artist Conk because it produced not only a pleasant odor but an insect repelling smoke as well. 25

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As is common in modern health science, much of the recent research on Artist Conk extract has been focused on its cancer fighting properties.  In a study conducted this year, 2008, Jeong et al. concluded that a compound [exo-biopolymer] isolated from Artist Conk "significantly inhibited the growth of solid tumor [Sarcoma-180] and increased the natural killer (NK) cell activity." 401  (The natural killer cell is a type of white blood cell that is of particular importance in the human body's natural defense against cancer.)  Several other studies have also found Artist Conk Extract to possess anti-tumor properties. 402, 403, 404, 405

Another area of interest in the study of Artist Conk extract has been its effect on blood sugar and potential to inhibit some of the complications of diabetes.  A study in 2007 found that a compound extracted from Artist Conk was able to lower the glucose level in body fluids by 22.0%, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 20.3%. 406  The glucose lowering effect of an alcohol extract of Artist Conk was previously noted in a study by Jung in 2005. 407

But the primary focus of the study by Jung et al. was on the Artist Conk extract's potential as an aldose reductase inhibitor.  Aldose reductase is an enzyme commonly considered the culprit to many of the organ complications seen in diabetes.  Finding a way to inhibit aldose reductase is believed to be a major key to combat diabetic complications.  Three separate studies have concluded that Artist Conk extract is a potent aldose reductase inhibitor. 407, 408, 409  Jung concludes, "These results suggested that G. applanatum [Artist Conk] might possess constituents with anti-diabetic and inhibitory effects on diabetic complications."

An unusual article published in 2005 reported that a polysaccharide extract from Artist Conk "could strengthen gastric mucosa barrier." 410  Several other studies have found Artist Conk extract or isolated compounds from Artist Conk to be anti-bacterial, 411, 412, 413 anti-viral, 414 anti-parasitic, 415 immune enhancing, 25 diuretic, 415 and potently antioxidant. 416

In his book "Mycelium Running," health supporting mushroom expert Paul Stamets also lists the following areas where research has shown Artist Conk extract to have a beneficial effect: Inflammation & Respiratory Conditions. 134


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Known active compounds:

Ganoderic acids - triterpenes
Lanostanic triterpenoids



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