Coprinus comatus

Coprinus comatus
Coprinus comatus


Coprinus comatus is an edible mushroom found throughout Europe, which is very popular due to its asparagus-like flavour. At the same time, it is one of the few medicinal mushrooms whose efficacy was not discovered by Traditional Chinese Medicine but instead in Europe. Here, it not only grows in forests and meadows, but often also in gardens and alongside paths. The protein-rich mushroom contains many essential amino acids. Of particular interest is the high level of lectins and L-Ergothioneine. What’s more, the mushroom is very rich in minerals and trace elements.

Applications tested in practice

• Reduction of blood sugar level for diabetes

The main area of application for Coprinus comatus is complementary diabetes therapy. Studies have shown clear improvements in the blood levels after Coprinus is administered. The regulation of the metabolism, resulting in weight loss, has also been observed, and often plays a very important role in diabetes.

• Improvement of blood flow

Coprinus comatus can reduce blood flow disorders and the symptoms associated with these. Due to its high content of organic vital substances, this medicinal mushroom also protects against damage to the vessel walls and arteriosclerosis. Capillary blood flow is promoted.

• Promotion of the metabolism

A comparative study showed that Coprinus comatus exhibits the highest level of lectin activity among edible and medicinal mushrooms. Lectins are complex proteins that positively influence metabolic processes such as cell division, ribosomal protein biosynthesis, the agglutination of cells, and the immune system.

• Complementary therapy for sarcomas and hormone-dependent tumours

Numerous studies indicate that defined Coprinus components are able to block receptor sites for sexual hormones on tumour cells. This enables cell activities by hormone-dependent types of cancer, such as breast cancer or prostate cancer, to be influenced. Coprinus can also inhibit cell growth in sarcomas.

Other names

Shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, shaggy man, shaggy mane, shaggy cap


Coprinus comatus mainly grows in Central Europe in forests, gardens and on meadows. The mushroom is cultivated in Asia.

Special features

Shaggy ink cap distributes itself with the aid of a black fluid in which the spores drop from the cap to the ground. This liquid was previously used as an ink and gave the mushroom its English name.
The information on this page is of a general nature. It does not represent any advice for individual cases regarding the use of the individual medicinal mushrooms and is also unable to replace such advice. Please always discuss the consumption of medicinal mushrooms for preventative or therapeutic purposes with your treating doctor or alternative practitioner.