Shiitake Mushroom Powder, grown organically
Pinyin Name: Dong Gu, Xiang Gu
English Name: Shiitake Mushroom, Lentinus edodes fungus
Properties: sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach, Liver
Allergies, bronchial inflammation, diabetes, frequent flu and colds, exhaustion and weakness, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, infectious diseases, poor circulation and liver problems are some of the conditions satisfied clients have successfully used this herb for.
Primary Traditional Functions
Qi tonic; to tonify jing, spleen and stomach; boost immunity.
Shiitake has been used in China and Japan for many conditions including but not limited to:
- Blood stagnation
- Beta glucan absorbs cholesterol
- Beta glucan stimulates immunity
- Boosts vital energy (Qi)
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Falling stomach
- General rejuvenating effect
- Heart problems
- Lentinan helps reduce fatigue
- Neutralize toxic food actions
- Organ prolapse
- Prebiotic effect boosts bifido probiotic levels
- Snake poison
- Strengthen immune function: NK cells and gut immunity
- Strengthen weak digestion
Five-Evil Wind Invasion
- Common colds
Shiitake may be effective against fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Active compounds include beta glucans, lentinan and the sterol eritadenine. Eritadenine and beta glucans both promote shiitake's strong cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effects. Lentinan has potent immune supporting effects. Other bioactive fractions have antibiotic, antiviral and immune stimulating properties.
Beta glucans are large molecules that are water soluble polysaccharides. They have a unique branched shape that has special health benefits, especially those for the immune system. In the digestive tract beta glucans stimulate immune cells. Some beta glucans get absorbed undigested through pinocytosis to stimulate immunity throughout the body. People who have naturally low NK cell activity with general clinical symptoms of remittent fever and uncomfortable fatigue were also helped by lentinan (Aoki, 1987).
Beta glucans as a type of soluble fiber can absorb cholesterol and toxins which makes them heart healthy. The beta glucan fiber may also help reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and help maintain better blood sugar control in diabetics.
As a prebiotic supplement, Shiitake was also found to enhance levels of bifido-bacteria (Willis, 2007) in the body.
Consuming whole Shiitake for 4 weeks resulted in many immune and anti-inflammatory benefits according to a clinical study. There was a doubling of Natural Killer (NK) T cells (important for immunity to cancer and viruses), more effective activation of receptors, improved gut immunity, and reduced C reactive inflammatory protein (CRP). This was measured as improved cell proliferation and activation and increased gut immunoglobulins (secretory IgA production) (Dai, 2015). In another study of those going through chemotherapy for breast and gastrointestinal cancers there was improved quality of life, NK cell activity, and reduced immuno-suppressive markers (Yamaguchi, 2011).
The traditional dose of dried shiitake used as a food or beverage in soups, dishes, and teas is between 6 to 16 g. For serious health conditions the dose of the dried mushroom has been 2 to 6 g per day. Lesser dosages of 0.5 to 1 g per day are used to manage chronic conditions.
Oriental folk medicine uses shiitake to activate the blood. It is used for bronchial inflammation, colds, childhood measles, dropsy, fainting, headaches, mushroom poisoning and smallpox. In Japan Shiitake as a tonic is used for allergies, constipation, double direction activity on blood pressure: lowering high blood pressure and raising low blood pressure, gout, hemorrhoids, improving complexion, improving vision, myopia, nerve pain, pyorrhea and as a jing tonic for sexual weakness.
Japanese reports record mycelial extract being effective against allergies (including allergic asthma), autoimmune diseases such as purpura, cirrhosis, diabetes, hepatitis B, high blood pressure, leukemia, liver infection, low blood pressure and stomach ulcers.
In China during the Ming Dynasty Shiitake was used as a jing tonic to increase sexual and vital energy.
Some of this information on Shiitake mushroom benefits is excerpted and adapted from "Shiitake the Healing Mushroom" by Kenneth Jones.
Concentration: 10% Polysaccharides
Typical Usage of Concentrated Extract
1 to 3 grams per day or as directed by your health practitioner.
Each package contains 200 grams.