Biological Name: Grifola frondosa
Other Names: mushroom (maitake), dancing mushroom, Maitake
Elements Applied: Mushroom’s body is applied in herbal medicine.
Active Components: Herbal medicines, including medically active mushrooms, are characterized by rich content of polysaccharides, which are responsible for their potency. Herbs, rich in these constituents, are investigated for their capacity to treat immunity disorders, and even their severe cases like AIDS and cancer.
History: Conventionally, maitake was applied as a remedy for normalizing body processes. It was eaten with meals to enhance one’s good health. The medical mushroom was believed to impede cancer and elevated blood tension. These cases of application are being thoroughly investigated nowadays.
Used For: The list of conditions in which maitake is applied includes: infection, immunity disorders, high triglyceride levels, hypertension, HIV, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and chemotherapy effects.
Polysaccharides found in maitake are characterized by their special constitution, and represent one of the most active elements, researched by modern scientists. Beta-D-glucan, the main polysaccharide, is marked by high level of penetration, and for the present moment is studied as a remedy to help treat HIV infection.
Scientific studies conducted on maitake have doubled in their number in the recent years. Being researched for its treating capacity in HIV and cancer, the mushroom is also investigated as a remedy for obesity, high cholesterol levels, elevated arterial tension, and diabetes support.
Additional Info: Maitake is characterized by large size (almost a basketball), and is commonly found in the mountainous areas of north-east Japan region. It is only nowadays that Japanese residents have gained success in cultivating high-quality mushrooms for export to the USA and other countries, as well as for internal use. Maitake mycelium and body are applied in herbal medicine.
Preparation and Intake: The mushroom is applied in form of pills, capsules and tea, and also used with meals. The common dose is 3-7 grams of mushroom a day for the majority of cases.
Safety: If taken in normal quantities, maitake will produce no adverse effects on the organism. Still, before taking the remedy, you should necessarily speak with your health-care provider.