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March 12, 2021 5 min read

When it comes to buying medicinal mushrooms online you need to be savvy. We’d love to say that all medicinal mushrooms are created equally and all health supplement brands are 100% honest, but the truth is, they’re not. Understanding the ‘lingo’ used by natural health brands is key. While some terms, such as ‘wild-harvesting’ are pretty self-explanatory, others like ‘Di Tao’ are a little more ambiguous. Read on to find out what Di Tao is and why it’s so important in the search to find the best medicinal mushrooms.

Di Tao - the authentic true source

Di Tao is a concept from Daoist tonic herbalism that refers to sourcing herbs from their spiritual homeland. It recognises that herbs growing in one geographical region will differ greatly from herbs grown in another region. Not only in taste but efficacy and potency.

Everything from the soil to the climate, humidity, light and even microorganisms influence the make-up of a herb. Just like our environment, nurturing and relationships with others influence who we are as people. Herbs that are grown in their spiritual homeland benefit from both the optimal geographic and environmental conditions. So by sourcing from the Di Tao location (the authentic, true growing source), you will acquire the very best crop, with maximum potency and health benefits.


History of Di Tao

Although ‘Di Tao’ is a bit of a buzzword in the natural health industry, it’s not a new concept. In fact, Di Tao has been widely recognised in Chinese medicine for centuries.

Di Tao was first discussed by Shennong Ben Cao Jing (the Divine Farmer) in the historical Divine Husbandman’s Classic of Materia Medica. It is also featured in the Tang Dynasty’s Newly Revised Materia Medica (Xin Xiu Ben Cao) quoting “if medicinal material is not produced from its native environment, it will be the same in substance but will differ in effect.

In Chinese herbal medicine, there are around 500 medicinal materials in trade. Approximately 200 of these materials have specific Di Tao forms, with high economic values. Di Tao sourced herbs and mushrooms are more expensive but come with the peace of mind that you are purchasing ‘the real deal.’

Why is Di Tao important?

If you are searching for products like Shilajit and medicinal mushrooms, chances are you’re keen to explore the benefits of natural health products. So why would you buy a product that isn’t 100% natural? It wouldn’t make sense, would it?

As a consumer, you need to keep the following in mind - ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” The truth is there are hundreds of cheap natural health products out there but they’re not necessarily going to offer the benefits you desire. For example, many cheaper products are mass farmed or lab-grown and contain all sorts of nasties including binders and fillers. Some also contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the less we consume of those the better!

By doing your research and sourcing Di Tao mushrooms and herbs, you can rest assured that you’ve chosen the most natural health products on the planet. Di Tao mushrooms are cleaner, richer in nutrients and far more potent. Unlike farmed and lab-grown alternatives, they’ve had to battle the elements, fight off predators and earn their place on this earth. The bioactive compounds and phytochemicals they produce not only help them survive but thrive in nature. They also happen to offer extensive health benefits to humans, hence why Di Tao sourcing is so important.


Wild-harvesting vs. Semi wildcrafting

Something also worth noting is that Di Tao mushrooms and herbs can either be completely wild-harvested or semi wildcrafted.

Here at Mountainlife, we endeavour to source as many wild harvested ingredients as possible. This means they are ethically and sustainably sourced from forests and high mountainous regions by the local families we work closely with.

Sometimes wild harvesting isn’t possible, so we opt for semi wildcrafted herbs and mushrooms from Di Tao cultivators instead. Semi wildcrafted herbs are still Di Tao as they are grown in their spiritual homeland and must withstand the elements, as they would in the wild. Human intervention is kept to an absolute minimum, so the crops continue to produce health-boosting phytochemicals.

Of course, herbs can be grown in non-Di Tao locations but they are guaranteed to be weaker, less potent and far less beneficial to our bodies. We’d much rather pay a little extra for Di Tao mushrooms and know the exact growing location and health benefits, than risk a cheaper ingredient that could be mixed with who knows what. How about you?



Our Di Tao medicinal mushroom list

We also Di Tao source our Shilajit from the Altai Mountains in Siberia.

Mountainlife High Strength Mushroom Extracts

In addition to our range of medicinal mushroom powders, we also offer 4 high strength extracts for Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps Militaris. These are 10:1 powders, which means that 10kg of the mushroom is extracted and finely milled, to create just 1kg of powder. The result is a very potent mushroom extract, rich in medicinal polysaccharides and beta-glucans.

Our Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps Militaris high strength mushroom extracts go through third-party testing to ensure they contain no less than 30% polysaccharides and 20% beta-glucans. Our high strength Siberian Chaga extract is also tested but for 50% polysaccharides and 20% beta-glucans.

High strength mushroom extracts are far richer in medicinal properties and, therefore, offer intensified health benefits.

Tips for buying medicinal mushrooms online

Now you know all about Di Tao sourcing and why it’s important, let’s round this off with a few extra tips on buying medicinal mushrooms online.

  1. Check the sourcing facts -Are the mushrooms wild-harvested? Di Tao sourced? How are they foraged and extracted to create the supplement?
  2. What’s inside? -Make sure the mushroom powders are 100% pure with no fillers, binders or GMO.
  3. Research reputation -Who is selling you the mushroom powders? Are they reputable? Do they have good reviews? Is there a face behind the business? Do your research before hitting the checkout.

We hope we’ve answered your questions on Di Tao sourcing and that you’ve found this post both insightful and useful. As always, if you have any questions or you’d like to know more about our medicinal mushroom range, drop us an email:info@mountainlifehealth.com.

Thomas Sharp
Thomas Sharp

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