This beautifully illustrated and fully referenced new book based on the latest research covers 17 of the most common medicinal mushrooms, focusing on their therapeutic application and cross referencing them according to clinical conditions.
The book is divided into four parts:
- Introduction to medicinal mushrooms and mushroom products
- Individual monographs on the therapeutic potential of the major medicinal mushrooms
- Discussion of the use of medicinal mushrooms in cancer treatment
- Survey of the clinical application of medicinal mushrooms for other clinical conditions
In addition there is a quick reference section with brief summaries of individual mushrooms' main therapeutic application(s) and active constituents, and of the mushroom(s) commonly used for specific conditions with preferred dosage formats, as well as an appendix on the energetics of mushrooms in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for those practitioners trained in this approach.
The author is a biochemist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who has been working with medicinal mushrooms since 1992. Co-editor of the Clinical Journal of Mycology from 1997-2009, he lectures internationally on medicinal mushrooms and herbal medicine.
6 Preface7 Acknowledgements 7 A Note on Mushroom Names 7 Author’s Disclaimer 8 Quick Reference Mushrooms 11 Quick Reference Conditions 14 Introduction 16 Members of the Fungal Kingdom 17 Rich Sources of Pharmacologically Active Compounds 17 Polysaccharides (beta-glucans, proteoglycans and related compounds) 19 Proteins 19 Triterpenes 20 Phenols 20 Sterols 20 Chitin 21 Enzymes 21 Mushroom Polysaccharides - Essential Nutrients for our Immune System? 24 Pharmacokinetics of Mushroom Polysaccharides 25 Th1-Th2, Mushroom Polysaccharides and Immune Balance 26 Understanding Mushroom Products 26 Fruiting Body/Conk/Sclerotium 26 Extracts 27 Spores 27 Mycelium 28 Mycelial Biomass 28 Combination Products 29 Prescribing Medicinal Mushrooms 29 Are there any side effects? 29 Can I use mushroom supplements for patients with candidiasis or other fungal conditions? 29 29 But aren’t mushrooms considered Damp in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? 30 Can mushrooms be taken alongside conventional treatment? 30 Can pregnant or breastfeeding women take medicinal mushrooms?
32 Medicinal Mushrooms 32 Agaricus brasiliensis /Agaricus blazei 36 Antrodia camphorata/Antrodia cinnamomea 39 Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom) 41 Auricularia auricula/Auricularia polytricha (Wood Ear) 43 Cordyceps sinensis 48 Flammulina velutipes (Enokitake) 51 Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) 56 Grifola frondosa (Maitake) 58 Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) 62 Inonotus obliquus (Chaga) 64 Lentinus edodes (Shiitake) 67 Phellinus linteus 70 Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom) 72 Polyporus umbellatus/Grifola umbellata 74 Poria cocos 76 Trametes versicolor /Coriolus versicolor 79 Tremella fuciformis
82 Medicinal Mushrooms in Cancer Therapy 82 Medicinal Mushrooms and Chemotherapy 84 Medicinal Mushrooms and Radiotherapy 84 Medicinal Mushrooms and Surgery 85 Research on Medicinal Mushrooms in Cancer 85 Bladder Cancer 85 Brain Cancer 85 Breast Cancer 87 Cervical Cancer 87 Colorectal Cancer 88 Endometrial Cancer 88 Gastric Cancer 88 Leukaemia 88 Liver Cancer 89 Lung Cancer 89 Lymphoma 89 Ovarian Cancer 89 Pancreatic Cancer 90 Prostate Cancer 90 Skin Cancer 91 Clinical Notes
96 Medicinal Mushrooms for Other Conditions 96 Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever) 96 Alzheimers Disease 96 Arrythmia 97 Asthma 97 Bacterial Infections 98 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) 98 Candidiasis 99 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS - ME) 100 Dementia 100 Diabetes 101 Erectile Dysfunction 101 Fluid Retention 102 Gastritis 102 Hepatitis 102 Herpes 103 HIV 103 HPV 104 Hypercholesterolaemia 105 Hypertension 106 Infertility 106 Inflammatory Bowel Disease 107 Influenza 107 Insomnia/Anxiety 107 Kidney Damage 108 Liver Damage 108 Meniere’s Syndrome 108 Multiple Sclerosis 109 Nerve Damage 109 Parkinsons Disease 110 Rheumatoid Arthritis 110 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
115 Appendix, Glossary, Index and Resources 116 Medicinal Mushrooms According to Traditional Chinese Medicine 120 Glossary 125 Index 128 Further Reading