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|Common name(s):||Maitake, Hen of the Woods, Sheepâ€™s Head|
|Botanical name:||Grifola Frondosa, Boletus frondosus, Polyporus frondosus.|
|Plant part used:||Fruiting body, mycelium|
|Indications:||Cancer, chemotherapy, AIDS virus, diabetes, hypertension,Â Hepatitis B.|
|Actions:||Immonostimulant1, Anti tumor1,Â anti-hypertensive1, antiviral1, Hepatoprotective1, adaptogenic3, anti-hyperlipidemia3,Â prevents T- cell destruction1, activates microphages1, N-killer-cells1, and cytotoxic T-cells1.|
|Constituents:||Both a- and b-D-Glucans. Other polysaccharides include b-D- Glucan and a D-Glucan, as well as metal-bound proteins known to act as carriers of metals in intestinal absorption, and an N-acetylgalactomsamine-specific lectin. Dried Maitake was found to be relatively rich in 5â€™-nucleotides, including GMP. The total lipid content of G. frondosa is 3.4%, with octadecenoid and octadecadienoic acids being the major unsaturated fatty acids, and Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine (mycelium) and phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylserine, and phosphatidic acid (fruiting body)the major phospholipids. Ergosterol (Vitamin D2) is the major sterol, at the concentration of 50-150IU in 100g wet material1.|
|Traditional:||Maitake, as a medicinal fungi, is mostly recognized for itâ€™s Â immunostimulative and anti-tumor effects. The powder form of Maitake did show blood-pressure-lowering effects. The effects was of rapid onset, short lived and dose-dependent.Â Maitake is also used to reduce triglycerides4 and forÂ Hepatits. A number of popular fungi were tested for hepatoprotective effects (in vitro) , showing Maitake to be among the active species1|
|Daily dose:||3 â€“ 7 grams daily. Adding Vitamin C increases absorption.1|
|Contraindications:||Maitake should not be taken by people with auto-immuneÂ diseases.3|
|Side effects:||None known.|
|Reference:||1 Medicinal Mushrooms, by Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac.
2Botanical Safety Handbook, by Mcguffin, Hobbs, Upton and Goldberg, 1997.
3 Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, by Sharon Crawford.
4Kubo K, Nanba H. Anti-hyperliposis effect of maitake fruit body (Grifola frondosa). I. Biol Pharm Bull 1997;20:781â€“5.