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Overview Information

Maitake is a type of mushroom. People use it to make medicine.

Some people take maitake mushroom by mouth for infertility due to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It is also used to treat cancer and to relieve some of the side effects of chemotherapy. There is limited scientific evidence to support these and other uses.

How does it work?

Maitake mushroom contains chemicals which might help fight tumors, stimulate the immune system, and lower blood sugar levels.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes. Early research shows that taking maitake mushroom polysaccharides (MMP) by mouth may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.
  • An ovary disorder known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Early research shows that taking a specific dietary supplement containing maitake mushroom extract can improve ovulation in women whose periods have stopped due to PCOS. Maitake mushroom does not appear to be as effective as the drug clomiphene for PCOS, but the combination of these two agents may be more effective than either one alone for improving ovulation.
  • Cancer.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Hepatitis.
  • Hay fever.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Weight loss or control.
  • Chemotherapy support.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate maitake mushroom for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Maitake mushroom is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as medicine, but there isn't much information about the potential side effects. Some people have reported nausea after taking maitake mushroom.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking maitake mushroom if you are pregnant or breast-feeding . Stay on the safe side and avoid use..

Diabetes: Maitake mushroom might lower blood sugar levels. Your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Low blood pressure: Maitake mushroom can lower blood pressure. In theory, taking maitake mushroom might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.

Surgery: Maitake mushroom might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using maitake mushroom at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with MAITAKE MUSHROOM

    Maitake mushroom might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking maitake mushroom along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.<br/><br/> Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.



The appropriate dose of maitake mushroom depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for maitake mushroom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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