Medicinal mushrooms have been used for hundreds of years, mainly in Asian countries, for treatment of infections. More recently, they have also been used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases and cancer. Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use as single agents or combined with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
The effects of dietary supplementation with Agaricales mushrooms and other medicinal fungi on breast cancer: evidence-based medicine. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women. The most frequent therapeutic approaches for the treatment of this disease are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy, and surgery.
B ehold the mighty mushroom. Neither plant nor animal, the mysterious fungus is a class, or kingdom, of its own, and has fascinated cultures around the world for centuries. But while they do make a tasty omelette filling, does the real magic of mushrooms lie not in their flavour, but in their potential to combat one of our biggest killers — cancer?
Common Names: Forest mushroom, lentinula, pasania fungus, black mushroom, hua gu, xian gu. She underwent lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy, finishing chemotherapy and radiation therapy 3 months ago. She is currently without evidence of disease and has been taking anastrozole, with minimal side effects.
Shiitake mushroom is used for boosting the immune system, lowering blood cholesterol levels, treating prostate cancer, and as an anti-aging agent. It can cause stomach discomfort, blood abnormalities, and skin swelling inflammation. It might also cause an increased sensitivity to the sun, allergic skin reactions, and breathing problems.
From time immemorial, mushrooms have been valued by humankind as a culinary wonder and folk medicine in Oriental practice. The last decade has witnessed the overwhelming interest of western research fraternity in pharmaceutical potential of mushrooms. The chief medicinal uses of mushrooms discovered so far are as anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, hypocholesterolemic, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, anti-allergic, nephroprotective, and anti-microbial agents.
Mushrooms have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, cholesterol-reducing, and immune-enhancing properties, as well helping to reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Generally speaking, mushrooms are a good source of dietary niacin vitamin B3 and riboflavin vitamin B2. White button mushrooms are also a good source of conjugated linoleic acid CLA.
Those who ate four grams or more of dried mushrooms, mostly shiitake Lentinula edodesdaily had half the cancer risk of women who ate no mushrooms. Those who ate mushrooms and also drank green tea daily had only 11 to 18 percent the breast cancer risk of women who consumed neither. The findings were published in the March 15, issue of the International Journal of Cancer. I asked integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, M.
Perhaps no other plant has such a spectrum of diversity as mushrooms. With over 10, species within the kingdom of fungi, some are a culinary delight and contain the power to heal, while others possess deadly poisons and the power to kill. Today, research confirms that dozens of species hold various compounds that mount an impressive defense against many deadly diseases, including cancer.
The edible mushroom Lentinus edodes is known as shiitake in Japan and xianggu in China. It is one of several mushrooms with frequently reported but unconfirmed anticancer properties and other health benefits. Researchers have studied the cellular and health effects of shiitake extracts and isolated shiitake-derived beta-glucan polysaccharides, primarily lentinan, mainly in preclinical settings.