Medicinal mushrooms are mushrooms or extracts from mushrooms that are used or studied as possible treatments for diseases. Research has shown some medicinal mushroom isolates that have promising cardiovascular, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, and antidiabetic properties.
Historically, mushrooms have long had medicinal uses, especially in Asia. Only a few mushroom extracts have been extensively tested for efficacy.
Medicinal mushrooms with a long recorded history of use include the edibles Grifola frondosa (maitake) and Lentinula edodes (shiitake), as well as Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) for use by tea. In ancient Japan, Grifola frondosa was considered medicinal, and was worth it's weight in silver. (Complementary and Alternative Medicine : Diet and Nutrition. American Cancer Society. 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-08.)
In this issue we would like to introduce you the most commonly used medicinal mushrooms.