Coriolus mushroom is a fungus. People have used the fruiting body and other parts as folk medicine for a long time. Recently, researchers have started to isolate and identify substances in coriolus that might act like pharmaceutical drugs. Two of these substances are polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK). Scientists think these chemicals might be able to fight cancer and boost the immune system.
Coriolus mushroom, PSP, and PSK are used for stimulating the immune system; treating herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hepatitis, and pulmonary disorders; reducing phlegm; improving bodybuilding results; increasing energy; curing ringworm and a skin condition called impetigo; treating upper respiratory, urinary, and digestive tract infections; curing liver disorders including hepatitis; reducing the toxic effects and pain of chemotherapy and radiation therapy; increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy; prolonging life and raising the quality of life of cancer patients; and increasing appetite.
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Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and
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The effectiveness ratings for CORIOLUS MUSHROOM are as
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coriolus mushroom for these uses.
Coriolus mushroom is POSSIBLY SAFE for most
people when taken by mouth appropriately. There have been no reported side
effects so far. However, people who have received chemotherapy and a chemical
called PSK (which is extracted from coriolus mushroom) have experienced nausea,
low white blood cell counts, and liver problems. It is unclear if these side
effects were due to the chemotherapy or PSK.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough
reliable information about the safety of taking coriolus mushroom if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.
Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take
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