The Dancing Mushroom

The Dancing Mushroom


One day the Buddha was walking through the peaceful forest, and he saw a man sitting with perfect posture, legs crossed, and in Gyan Mudra, meditating by a tree. When the man saw him he said, "Buddha... I have always dreamed of meeting you. This is a real dream come true. I have one question.". The Buddha replied, "Yes?". And the man said "If I keep meditating next to this tree like this, how long will it take me to reach illumination?". So the Buddha replied, "If you keep meditating next to that tree, like that... One more year." Disappointed by this response the man said, "Oh.", rested his head down on his hand, and the Buddha continued walking. 

Ormus meditation

Further along down the path, Buddha encountered another man. This man was dancing by a tree. When he saw the Buddha he yelled "Buddha! Oh my God! I can't believe it's really you! I have one question!" The Buddha replied, "Yes?". The man said, "If I keep dancing next to this tree like this, how long will it take me to reach illumination?!", So the Buddha looked at him silently for a moment, then said, "If you keep dancing next to that tree... like that... ten more years...". When the man heard this he felt a rush of joy pulse through his body and he shouted, "SWEET!" and at that exact moment the man illuminated. 

buddha enlightenment ascension

History of Maitake 

Maitake translates in Japanese to, "The Dancing Mushroom". The mushroom was given this name because people who found it in the wild would often be naturally moved to dance with joy. 

The mushroom grows wild in parts of Japan, China, and North America at the bottom of Oak, Elm, and Maple trees. Compared to other mushrooms, maitake has shown better results in preventing and treating cancer and other health conditions. Maitake also has a positive effect on overall immunity.

Maitake mushrooms are rich in:

  • antioxidants
  • beta-glucans
  • vitamins B and C
  • copper
  • potassium
  • fiber
  • minerals
  • amino acids

The mushrooms are also:

  • fat-free
  • low-sodium
  • low-calorie
  • cholesterol-free

Scientists are currently studying the unique way the mushroom supports overall health and fights illness.

What the research says

Laboratory research suggests that maitake may be effective in treating certain illnesses. More studies are needed to confirm its effect on humans, but the current findings are promising.


A 2013 study indicates that maitake D-Fraction could be useful in preventing and treating breast cancer. Researchers suggest that this mushroom can fight the growth and reproduction of cancerous cells.

Maitake mushroom has been shown to suppress tumor growth in mice. It can also increase the number of cells fighting against the tumor. This suggests that it could also be effective in managing cancer in humans when taken orally.

An earlier study found maitake D-Fraction, which is an extract, to be efficient in killing human cancer cells. It was taken alongside a protein that also fights cancer and succeeded in increasing the protein’s effectiveness.

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Researchers in a 2013 study found that maitake powdered extract lowered cholesterol levels in mice. It was also shown to increase fatty acids that provide energy. Because of this, researchers theorized that eating maitake mushroom may help keep arteries healthy.

Type 2 Diabetes

The results of a 2015 study showed that maitake mushroom can have a positive effect on rats with type 2 diabetes. During the study, maitake mushroom consumption had a positive effect on glucose levels of rats. This points to the mushroom’s potential to treat type 2 diabetes in humans.

Maitake mushroom may also be useful in treating:

  • cold and flu viruses
  • high or low blood pressure
  • immune function
  • side effects of chemotherapy


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