Maitake Mushroom

BCCT plans to write a summary on maitake mushrooms, one of several medicinal mushrooms. While our summary is in development, you can visit these sites:


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 Programs, Protocols and Medical Systems

For more information about programs and protocols, see our Integrative Programs and Protocols page.
  • Programs and protocols
    • Alschuler & Gazella complementary approaches1
      • Colorectal cancer
      • Maitake with vitamin C for increasing white blood cells
      • Reversing insulin resistance
      • Part of a mushroom blend for these uses:
        • Breast cancer
        • Cervical cancer
        • Gastric cancer
        • Ovarian cancer
        • Uterine cancer
        • Hormone balance
        • Immune enhancement
        • Immune support to prevent radiation therapy-induced fatigue
    • Block program2
      • Pre-operative priming of immune system, including dendritic cells
      • Enhancing immune cell cytotoxicity
      • Targeting progression pathways
      • Immune surveillance
      • Enhancing chemotherapy effectiveness
    • Lemole, Mehta & McKee protocols3
      • Melanoma
      • As part of whole foods diet
    • McKinney protocols4
      • Immune modulation for cancer cell surveillance and removal
      • Leukemia (mixed with reishi, shiitake and cordyceps)
      • Melanoma
      • Prostate cancer
      • For thrombocytopenia (low platelets)
  • Traditional systems


Paul Stamets advises using mushroom products that contain both the water and alcohol extractions, since each contain different medicinally important compounds.5

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).6

Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, August 9, 2018: There are instances when I use specific mushrooms, for instance: Coriolus (aka Trametes) versicolor (turkey tail) for breast cancer, Agaricus blazeii for ovarian cancer and chaga mushroom for melanoma. However, it is a very valuable and reasonable strategy to use a blend that includes mushrooms, each of which is standardized to its polysaccharides and beta-glucans. The key is to use a hot water extract of the fruiting bodies or a full-spectrum extract (includes mycelium) that clearly identifies on its label the quantity of mushroom extract.

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