Medicinal mushrooms against cancer: what they are

Medicinal mushrooms, such as Coriolus or Agaricus, can be of help and support during cancer therapies and help in cancer prevention. Let’s find out better.

Cancer is one of the most devastating and degenerative diseases for humans and for which, up to now, a definitive cure has not yet been found. It is a degeneration and modification of cells for various reasons and which does not respond to the normal cellular reproduction process. The causes can be multiple, diet, smoking, chemicals, sedentarism, alcohol, ultraviolet rays, highly acidified soil.

Medicinal mushrooms in this case can be of great help and support both during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and to try to delay, alleviate or prevent many side effects of the classic oncological therapies used.

What are anticancer mushrooms

Coriolus versicolor in various forms of cancer was officially approved, in fact its extract is one of the best-selling antineoplastic drugs in Japan. It is currently used in cancer patients in conjunction with chemo surgery and radiotherapy. It is also an exceptional immunostimulant, antibiotic and antiviral, Coriolus versicolor tends to rebalance the immune system by reducing inflammation and promoting antibacterial and antiviral activity.

Another mushroom that has been used for some time for oncological problems seems to be ABM (Agaricus Blazei Murril). In popular tradition it has been used for emotional stress, to stimulate the immune system, to improve the quality of life of diabetics, for the prevention of osteoporosis, for the treatment of gastrointestinal and circulatory disorders and for allergies, autoimmune and oncological diseases. Currently, studies on ABM are more oriented towards degenerative pathologies, in particular oncological ones. It is an important hepatoprotector, enhancer of the immune system against viruses, bacteria, HIV, candida and infectious diseases.

In Japan it is used as an anticancer prevention and disease prevention in general, there are in fact studies that show that this mushroom given to mice for ten days before inoculating cancer cells, the tumor does not take root while in the group of guinea pigs to which the fungus was not administered. the tumor takes root and progresses. ABM counteracts the side effects of chemo and radio.

They are used depending on the oncological problem to be treated and depending on the subject other fungi for these problems which are the MAITAKE, THE CORDYCEPS, THE SHIITAKE, and the longevity fungus or the REISHI (Gaanoderma Lucidum).

In the case of cancer, the antioxidants of the Reishi mushroom not only cleanse the body but appear to be able to recognize cancer cells making them weaker on its attack. It prevents the formation of tumor metastases , reduces pain and improves the quality of life of cancer subjects. In fact, to date in countries such as China, Japan, Canada and the United States, Reishi is considered a very effective treatment for different types of cancer.

There are clinical studies on Shiitake that have shown a high survival rate and an improvement in the quality of life in cancer patients, since it contains an alpha-glucan AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) widely used as an alternative or as a support. in cancer treatments for its immune-boosting efficacy.

As far as Cordyceps is concerned, we can say that it is a mushroom with tonic-invigorating properties, stimulating the immune system and increasing vital energy. Recent studies have demonstrated the immonomodulating and anticancer effects of cordyceps thanks to the presence of polysaccharides of the fungus, stimulating the immune system through the stimulation of Peyer’s Plaques and the activation of NK macrophages. Some studies show that Cordyceps stimulates the cells of the immune system to activate them against cancer, especially in the case of lung and skin cancer.


Always contact a professional in the sector who will be able to indicate the type of mushroom or the best mushrooms to use will be evaluated according to the subject and its constitution. Furthermore, he will have to do some ground work first to ensure an excellent action of medicinal mushrooms on the whole organism.


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