Cordyceps Mushroom

BCCT plans to write a summary on cordyceps mushroom, one of several medicinal mushrooms. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Cordyceps

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Cautions

The About Herbs summary for cordyceps reports that in an animal study, this mushroom was associated with growth of progenitor red blood cells. Therefore, cordyceps shouldn’t be used in myelogenous types of cancers, such as myelogenous leukemia. Cordyceps is, however, used with other types of leukemia.

Cordyceps has additive effects with hypoglycemics/insulin as well as anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs. Consult with your physician and pharmacist before taking cordyceps.

Dosing

BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

Integrative Plans, Protocols and Medical Systems

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Commentary

Paul Stamets advises using mushroom products that contain both the water and alcohol extractions, since each contain different medicinally important compounds.3

Integrative oncologist Keith Block, MD, advises using extracts (rather than eating whole mushrooms) that are blends of several different medicinal mushrooms, including maitake (Grifola frondosa), agaricus (Agaricus blazeii), shiitake (Lentinula or Lentinus edodes), reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tail (Trametes or Coriolus versicolor), and caterpillar fungus or cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis).4

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