Maitake mushroom Grifola frondosa

Grifola frondosa
maitake mushroom
  • Common Names
  • Maitake mushroom , Hen of the Woods
  • Botanical Name
  • Grifola frondosa
  • Family
  • Meripilaceae

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Maitake Mushroom

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How to Use: Maitake mushroom

Maitake mushroom's use as an adaptogen arose in classic Chinese and Japanese medicine. Maitake mushrooms extracts have shown to increase activity of immune cells in laboratory tests, which bear out its traditional use as a immune system tonic. This delicious mushroom also contains a number of polysaccharides (beta-glucan) that have been shown to fight the formation and growth of tumors, putting maitake in use in cancer prevention strategies.1,2

Maitake helps to protect and support the liver and can lower blood pressure. Mushroom extracts can also have a long term beneficial effect on blood-glucose levels, and may also be useful for weight loss.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Maitake is an edible mushroom that may be added to cooking, or taken as a tea. Encapsulated products and formulas containing higher levels of polysaccharides can be used in the amount of 3 to 7 grams per day.

In the Kitchen: Maitake mushrooms are delicious, mild and a great addition to your morning omelette.

Traditional Chinese Medicine traditional Chinese medicine Traditional Eastern medicine values maitake as an adaptogen, an aid to balance out altered body systems to a normal level, especially the immune system.

Maitake mushroom Side Effects: Some rare cases of allergic reactions can occur. Maitake should be used as a complementary therapy for cancer and HIV/AIDS. It should not be considered a substitute for standard treatments. Do not use maitake if you take interferon treatments

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Plant Description

  • Plant Class:perennial fungus - (edible mushroom)
  • Leaves:
  • Fruit: The fruiting body rises up from a underground tuber-like structure, about the size of a potato. Maitake mushrooms are very large, can grow up to over 50 pounds, occurring as large as 60 cm. The small multiple grayish-brown caps are fused together in a clusterand are often curled or spoon-shaped,overlapping with wavy margins and 2-7 cm broad.
  • Preferred Habitat:Base of old trees, especially oaks
  • Distribution:Japan, Northeastern US, recently under some cultivation in Japan

Regional Traditions :Traditional Chinese Medicine *

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Mountain Rose Herbs
  2. Hoffmann, David (2010-12-15). "Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine". Healing Arts Press.
    Based upon in vitro, in vivo, and some human studies, the mycopolysaccharides found in medicinal fungi usually simply called ß-glucans, appear to have immunomodulatory, antitumor, antimicrobial, lipid-lowering, and glucose-regulating properties.