Information on Shiitake

Latin NameLentinula edodes
Other NamesLentinus edodes
Part UsedFruiting Body
Herb FormsExtract in capsules, powder in capsules, tablets, tincture, bulk.
AffectsImmune system, Liver, Cardiovascular system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA gilled mushroom with a tan to cinnamon-colored cap and solid stalk.
DescriptionShiitake is a delicious medicinal mushroom which has thousands of years of medicinal and folk use as a strengthening and restoring food. It is indicated in diseases of suppressed immune function such as environmental allergies, candidiasis, AIDS, and cancer and has been reported to have antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Shiitake is also said to lower cholesterol, when used consistently for a period of time--not a difficult task.
A special extract of the mycelium (the actual vegetative body of the fungus) called Lentinus Edodes Mycelium (LEM) is a concentrated way of using shiitake for highest therapeutic activity. It is recommend for hepatitis, chronic fatigue, AIDS, and cancer, as a dietary supplement to a complete healing program. It is costly to purchase bottles of the extract in capsules in the health food store, but it can be purchased in bulk powder form through a mushroom products supplier.

Shiitake has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Extracttake as directed on label

Ailments Treated by Shiitake

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cancerimmune tonictablet
Chemotherapy side effectsimmune strengthenertablet, tincture
Cholesterol, highcholesterol loweringtablet
Hepatitis, with jaundicenutritive liver tonictablet, tincture, capsule
Liver, protectantliver tonictincture, tablet, whole in food
Radiation side effectsimmune tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Xray radiationimmune tonictincture, tablet
Viral infectionantiviralextract in capsules, tablets


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Hobbs, C. 1996. Medicinal Mushrooms. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.