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Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

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About

Maitake mushroom is a fungus that has been eaten as food in Asia for thousands of years. People also use it to make medicine.

Maitake mushroom is used to treat cancer and also to relieve some of the side effects of chemical treatment (chemotherapy) for cancer. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hepatitis, hay fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight loss or control, and infertility due to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

If you decide to harvest maitake mushrooms, make sure you can tell them apart from poisonous mushrooms. This job is probably best left to experts.

How does it work?

Maitake mushroom contains chemicals which might help fight tumors and stimulate the immune system. There is some evidence that it can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce weight in rats, but this has not been shown for humans yet.

Traditionally used for

Diabetes.
An ovary disorder known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Cancer.
HIV/ AIDS.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Hepatitis.
Hay fever.
High blood pressure.
High cholesterol.
Weight loss or control.
Chemotherapy support.

Dosage

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.

Possible Side Effects

Maitake mushroom is SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as medicine, but there isn't much information about the potential side effects.

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.

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