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Overview Information

Coriolus is a type of mushroom. There are substances in coriolus mushroom that might act like medicines. Two of these substances are polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK).

Coriolus mushroom, PSP, or PSK are sometimes taken by mouth to improve response to chemotherapy and radiation in people with various types of cancer. But there is limited scientific evidence to support this or other uses.

How does it work?

Coriolus mushroom contains polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK). These might help slow cancer growth and boost the immune system.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Cancer. Taking polysaccharide krestin (PSK), a substance found in coriolus mushroom, by mouth may improve the response to chemotherapy and/or radiation in people with certain types of cancer.

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coriolus mushroom for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Coriolus mushroom is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately. For most healthy adults, it does not cause any side effects. In some people who have received chemotherapy and a chemical called PSK (which is extracted from coriolus mushroom), nausea, vomiting, low white blood cell counts, and liver problems have been reported. But it is unclear if these side effects were due to the chemotherapy or PSK.

When used in the vagina: Coriolus mushroom is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied directly into the vagina for up to 12 days.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if coriolus mushroom is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for CORIOLUS MUSHROOM Interactions.



The following doses have been studied in scientific research:


  • For cancer: 3 grams of polysaccharide krestin (PSK), an extract of coriolus mushroom, taken by mouth every day, in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, is the most commonly used dose.

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