HistoryWhile Coriolus versicolor has already been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and holds a firm place in South American folk medicine, its application as a medicinal mushroom in Europe is still in its infancy. With a notably high content of the mushroom-specific polysaccharides PSK and PSP, the medicinal mushroom can be used well for viral infections, but above all as a complementary treatment for cancers. Very recent scientific research has been able to demonstrate this in an impressive manner.
Applications tested in practice• Prevention and complementary treatment for tumour disorders
Coriolus versicolor can effectively prevent the growth of cancer cells and bring about cellular death (apoptosis) via mitochondrial processes for existing tumour cells. This has been demonstrated in numerous studies (in vitro and in vivo) using human leukaemia cells.
• Improvement in the tolerability of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
The polysaccharides contained in Coriolus versicolor are effective immunostimulants. They can help make sure the body’s own defences are supported optimally during conventional medical tumour therapy. What’s more, the suppression of haematopoiesis and the damage to the mucous membranes are reduced.
• Boosting the body’s defences, especially against viral infections
Based on the results of numerous studies, it is assumed that Coriolus versicolor has an activating effect on the body’s own immunocytes, such as leukocytes, lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Immunomodulation through Coriolus supplements can be seen in both healthy people and those suffering from illnesses.
• Support for liver function disorders
It has been possible to show that damaged liver cells are revitalised and there is a significant reduction in symptoms for various hepatitis illnesses as well as cirrhosis of the liver when taking Coriolus versicolor for liver function disorders.
Other namesTrametes versicolor, Coriolus versicolor, Yun zhi, kawaratake, turkey tail, bracket fungus
Coriolus versicolor is spread almost throughout the world and is also native to Germany.
Special featuresThe immunostimulants in Coriolus are highly valuable both to defend against infections and to protect against tumour disorders. In Asia, it is often used alongside conventional medical cancer treatment.
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.