Is the product a mushroom powder or an extract?
Although mushroom powders are superior to MOG powders, they are still less potent than a concentrated extract.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has used mushrooms and herbs for thousands of years, almost always makes a tea from herbs. Tea is a simple water extract. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners will boil herbs for long periods of time to extract the medicinal compounds.
A hot water extract is a very simple and effective way to concentrate mushrooms and at the same time make them more bio-available.
Note that a steam extraction does not make medicinal compounds bio-available like hot water extraction does.
The combined use of alcohol and water is utilized when some important compounds in the mushroom are not water soluble, such as Reishi or Chaga triterpenoids.