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Frequently Asked Questions

What are medicinal mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms are a fungi and naturally grown in the earth. There are a variety of medicinal mushrooms which each possess a number of different therapeutic benefits due to their active compounds. Medicinal mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousand of years. These days, natural remedies combining traditional Chinese medicine with modern scientific methods have developed first-class dietary supplements.


Why does Biotonic Labs use fruiting body?

The fruiting body is part of the mushroom that grows above the ground and contains all the beneficial properties e.g beta-glucans. The mycelium is the part that grows underground or within the host plant. It is often grown on grains to produce higher volumes. Mycelium contain very little of the important compounds and nutrient of the mushroom. It is important for a true mushroom extract to contain fruiting body for potent, effective and concentrated compounds. Furthermore it is important that the mushroom extract does not contain fillers such as starch, gluten or other non-mushroom components.


What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans are the medicinal active polysaccharide ingredient of the mushroom. It is used to also measure the product's potency. The measurement of active compounds is what determines the quality and yields results. Extraction methods are also important as it determines the full spectrum of benefits from medicinal mushrooms. 

Research has shown, the biological activities in medicinal mushrooms have been attributed to beta (beta 1-3 and beta 1-6).  All the mushroom extract products by Biotonic Labs have been measured and contain a minimum of 20% beta-glucan (beta 1-3 and 1-6).

Where are Biotonic Labs mushrooms sourced from?

All of our ingredients are grown in a region in Zhejiang province, China, which has been awarded 'China's No.1 ecological environment in the county'. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, which is why we source from a place rich with mushroom history. This region is also one of the largest growers of mushrooms worldwide due to its ecological advantages and one of the world's earliest place for mushrooms, which started in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Biotonic Lab's mushrooms are harvested in a pristine ecosystem and produced to the highest, cleanest and safest standard. Our products are made and packaged in Australia at a certified organic lab.


Do you wholesale?

Yes we wholesale to retailers, studios, cafes, restaurants and more. Please get in touch for more information at 


Are the capsule products by Biotonic Labs certified by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO)?

All our mushroom extract powders are certified organic by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Our capsule products include the same certified organic extract ingredients (ACO Cert: 12851). Our capsules are non-GMO, non-irradiated and made from vegetable (vegan friendly).


Caps vs powder form - which one should I take?

This is entirely an individual preference.

For fast absorption, mushroom extract powder can be consumed with water, coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, juices or added into other recipes. The other choice is our mushroom extract capsules, which are designed to bring you convenience, ease and a tasteless option.


Will using the extract powder in hot liquid or food dishes reduce the medicinal actives?

All of our products have already been extracted with hot water and alcohol. Adding them to hot beverages or food e.g. hot water will not affect the medicinal actives.


When can I expect to feel results?

The effects from medicinal mushrooms may vary person to person. It is not like caffeine where you feel it instantly. They work over long periods of time and prolonged use is recommended to experience the full benefits. 


Have there been any side effects from taking either Lion's mane or Reishi extract powder?

There have been very little cases of reported side effects from Lion's mane mushroom and Reishi mushroom extract. 

If you have any adverse effects or do not feel well while you are taking any of our products, please stop taking the product immediately and consult your healthcare professional as soon as possible. 

If this is your first time taking these supplements, you may want to start on a smaller dosage and increase according to your needs and daily requirements. 

If you have any illnesses or disorders and are unsure if you should take our products, please consult your healthcare professional. 


What material are Biotonic Lab's products made from?

Biotonic Lab’s ensures sustainable packaging to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste. Our plastic bottles are made from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) which is a recyclable plastic. HDPE is made from post-consumer materials, can be reused and recycled again. Scientific tests prove that HDPE can be recycled at least 10 times.

This durable recyclable plastic ensure your capsules are stored in a pharmaceutical grade bottle for your safety and keep your capsules in optimum condition i.e no broken capsules. 

Our pouches are in foiled lined paper stand up bags laminated in recyclable plastic for the protection of the mushroom extract but also environmentally friendly. 

What is the expiry date of mushroom extract by Biotonic Labs?

Expiry date is 3 years from production. The expiry dates have been listed on every product. We also have our batch number on every product.

Can I take these products if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

We recommend you to consult your healthcare professional for advice about taking Lion’s mane and Reishi extract when pregnant or breastfeeding.


Are medicinal mushrooms safe for children?

Children can experience the benefits from medicinal mushroom but we recommend you consult your healthcare professional for further advice.


Can I take these products with other medication e.g prescription drugs?

We recommend you to consult your healthcare professional for advice about taking Lion’s mane and Reishi extract with other medication. 


Will Biotonic Labs have more products?

We are working on more natural supplements within our range of products. We can't wait to share them with you!