SHIITAKE MUSHROOM

OTHER NAME(S):

Champignon Noir, Champignon Parfumé, Champignon Shiitake, Champignons Shiitake, Forest Mushroom, Hongos Shiitake, Hua Gu, Lenticus edodes, Lentin, Lentin des Chênes, Lentin du Chêne, Lentinan edodes, Lentinula, Lentinula edodes, Lentinus edodes, Mushroom, Pasania Fungus, Shitake, Shiitake, Snake Butter, Tricholomopsis edodes.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Shiitake mushroom is a fungus. An extract made from this mushroom is used as medicine.

Shiitake mushroom is used for boosting the immune system, HIV/AIDS, lowering blood cholesterol levels, hardening of the arteries, diabetes, eczema, colds and flu, treating prostate or breast cancer, and as an anti-aging agent. It is also used for hepatitis B, herpes, high blood pressure, and stomach ache.

Shiitake mushroom is used in a mouth rinse for dental plaque.

Shiitake mushroom is also eaten as food.

How does it work?

Shiitake mushroom contains chemicals that might help lower cholesterol levels. It also contains very small amounts of a chemical that seems to keep tumors from getting bigger. This chemical might also stimulate the immune system.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

  • Dental plaque. Rinsing with liquid containing shiitake mushroom does not seem to reduce plaque (94250).

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Prostate cancer. Early research suggests that shiitake mushroom does not prevent prostate cancer from becoming worse.
  • High cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes.
  • Cold and flu.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of shiitake mushroom for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Shiitake mushroom is LIKELY SAFE when consumed by mouth in food amounts, but it seems POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth in medicinal amounts. 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.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

“Auto-immune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Shiitake mushroom might cause the immune system to become more active. This could increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using shiitake mushroom.

A blood disorder called eosinophilia: Don’t use shiitake mushroom if you have this condition. It might make eosinophilia worse.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of shiitake 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 shiitake 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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