Coriolus versicolor Extract
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In Oriental health, Coriolus versicolor extract is used as a remedy for liver cancer and jaundice. 160 To modern science, the best researched health promoting compound from Coriolus is known as PSK. Under the brand name Krestin, PSK is used in Asia as a cancer drug. 188
Two Japanese studies in the 1990's encompassing a total of 486 patients showed an increased survival rate from gastric cancer when PSK was added to conventional chemotherapy treatment. 161, 162, 163 It's also been found that PSK reduces cancer metastasis and recurrence. 161, 162, 164
Two other polysaccharides from Coriolus versicolor extract have been found to have an inhibitory effect on leukemia. The polysaccharide CVP was shown to inhibit leukemia cell proliferation without any negative effect on normal lymphocytes. 165, 166, 167 Another smaller polysaccharide named SPCV also had an inhibitory effect on leukemia cells. 168
The compounds of Coriolus versicolor extract appear to work in two ways to combat cancer:
1) By a direct inhibitory effect on the proliferation of cancer cells.
2) Through stimulating Natural Killer (NK) cells in humans. 169, 170, 171 NK cells are a vital part of the human immune system's cancer fighting arsenal.
PSK is used in Asia to treat cervical cancer in conjunction with standard radiation therapy, through which it has been shown to increase survival rate. 134 In a 2001 U.S. study at the New York Medical College, it was also shown to decrease tumor growth in hormone responsive prostate cancer. 172
In addition to its anti-cancer properties, PSK is also a potent antibiotic against Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes and Cryptococcus neoformans. 175, 176, 177, 178, 179
In a study conducted in 1995, PSK demonstrated effectiveness at normalizing the immune function of people with chronic rheumatoid arthritis. 182
Paul Stamets mentions in his book Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms that he's aware of several individuals with Hepatitis C benefitting from a health supporting mushroom tea. He relates a story of a man whose HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) value decreased from 1.3 million to 140,000 after two weeks of drinking a tea made from Coriolus versicolor (Turkey Tail Mushroom) and Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi). 183
In his book Mycelium Running, health supporting mushroom expert Paul Stamets also lists the following areas where research has shown Coriolus versicolor extract to have a beneficial effect: Kidney tonic; uterine cancer. 134
Note: The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Never use any health supporting mushroom or herb without prior approval by medical doctor.
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