The shiitake mushroom is the source of two well documented preparations with proven pharmacological effects. One is the lentinula edodes mycelium extract and the other is lentinan.
Shiitake is an edible medicinal mushroom. It is renowned in Japan , China and other Asian countries. By historical accounts in the year 199 AD the Japanese Emperor Chuai was offered Shiitake by a native tribe in Japan
Today, more medicinal mushrooms are used by the treatment of cancer than ever before. Shiitake is just one of those mushrooms. Its anti tumor effects have been documented since the late 1960’s . It was first isolated and studied in 1969
It has been shown that lentinan can activate natural killer cells ( NK) These studies were done in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and continue today to be studied. The anti viral effects of this mushroom are well known and researched. It also has anti bacterial and anti parasitic properties.
There is no doubt that mushrooms should be used in the fight against cancer. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.