Mushrooms: Health Benefits
Published at 18 Dec 2013

Several edible mushrooms can be found in nature: some of them can be eaten cooked, others can be taken as teas or dried and ground into powder and put into capsules to support health and wellbeing. These latters are commonly known as “medicinal mushrooms”.

Chinese, Tibetan and Asian traditional medicine systems have been using “medicinal mushrooms” for centuries. The most renowned are agaricus, cordyceps, maitake, reishi, shiitake.


According to modern studies, these five mushrooms have immune supporting properties, yet several other uses have been recorded among Chinese and Asian herbal systems.

Agaricus, also known as “The Sun Mushroom”, have been used for centuries to support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, for circulatory, liver and digestive support. Some studies suggest that this mushroom increase the natural killer cells and T-cells activity.

Cordyceps boosts the immune system as well, yet is renowned chiefly as an energetic and tonic. It's quite famous among athletes, because it helps increasing resistance and stamina, reducing fatigue.

Maitake, aka “The Dancing mushroom”, is commonly used to support the immune system. As agaricus, it's been documented with natural killer cells activity improving properties. Maitake has been used in Asian herbal systems to help keeping blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels balanced, and to promote weight loss.

Reishi is known in China as “The mushroom of immortality” and it's believed to promote longevity and wellbeing. Among monks, spiritual seekers, etc., reishi is often regarded as a meditation aid:  it's thought to have a calming effect on the mind and help improve focus and concentration. Reishi has been used for centuries to boost the immune system, to help dealing with high blood pressure, to support healthy blood circulation, to improve memory and concentration, for anxiety and stress.

Shiitake, with similar immune properties as agaricus and maitake, was a common folk remedy for healthy blood pressure maintenance, to  support liver, and for weight loss.