Mycotherapy is a treatment method involving the use of mushrooms and medicines based on them.

In Oriental cultures, it has been known for more than 2,000 years, and the results of this ancient practice tend to be positive.

The Russian practice of mycotherapy also dates back long ago: mushrooms, which grow on the territory of our country, were used as an effective remedy for many diseases.

Today, treatment with mushrooms has become rather promising in different countries.

Oriental Experience

The most popular medicinal mushroom is considered to be shiitake (Lentinula edodes). Its benefits had been discovered and described long before the emergence of European civilization.

Ancient Chinese used this mushroom to treat numerous diseases, among them:

  • Joint pathologies
  • Gastrointestinal pathologies
  • Cancer diseases

Today, this mushroom is used as a supplement for the treatment of hepatitis B, ulcers, liver diseases, mental disorders, panic attacks, manias, depression, or to recover the nervous system.

The Chinese (for example, the famous doctor of those times San Kung) consider that to support immunity and treat diseases, it is necessary to consume up to 4 mushrooms daily.

In modern medicine, shiitake is used dried or powdered, in the form of medicinal broth or teas.

Another mushroom, whose beneficial properties were known long ago, is maitake. It was used mostly to lose weight. But now its efficiency in the treatment of diabetes, liver diseases, and cancer is becoming more obvious. Moreover, it is recommended as a powerful immunostimulator for AIDS patients.

Mushroom Agaricus subrufescens has similar benefits. In addition, it is used to treat problems with potency and pancreatic disorders.

Mushroom reishi is very popular in mycotherapy. The application range varies from skin problems to mental disorders.

Most often, this mushroom is used for the treatment of gastrointestinal pathologies. It is thought to be a powerful immunomodulator, so it can be efficient in cancer treatment.

The mushroom is a part of some medicines, which are used for:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Pancreatic disorders
  • Allergies
  • Heart rate recovery

Russian and European Experience

In our country, the method of mushroom treatment has been known for a long time, and not only in traditional medicine. Our ancestors knew that even a poisonous mushroom like a fly agaric could be useful for people. Even now, it is a part of tinctures, which are used to treat:

  • Rheumatism
  • Arthrosis
  • Arthritis

Also, it can be used for:

  • Eczemas
  • Cutaneous tuberculosis
  • Dermatitis
  • Epilepsy

Mushroom-based medicines were used in the USSR. They were included in clinical practice in 1950-s. It was even reflected in literature. The Nobel Prize winner A. I. Solzhenitsyn in his novel “Cancer Ward” described the healing effects of chaga mushrooms. In the 19th century, famous ethnographer G. I. Popov noticed that tincture with fly agaric tincture was widely used by the inhabitants of various Russian provinces, mostly for therapeutic purposes.

Mycotherapy was also known in European countries. The classic French author Honoré de Balzac described how mycotherapy helped him get rid of the ulcer that had been tormenting him for several years.

The Soviet and Russian clinical practice of the usage of medicinal mushrooms against different diseases showed that mycotherapy is a unique method that helps to adapt to the immune system, stimulate it, and remove toxins and waste.

Thus, the tradition of mycotherapy in our culture is quite rich and is still developing today.

Cancer Treatment with Medicinal Mushrooms

In oncology, treatment with medicinal mushrooms has been applied for a long time. Mushrooms are proven to affect perforin production. It is a protein that promotes the inhibition of tumour growth.

Mushrooms help drugs treat tumours more effectively by halting or significantly slowing the proliferation of atypical cells.

Medical mushrooms play an important role in minimising the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Polysaccharides, polysaccharide-peptides, and polyphenolic complexes, which are secreted by mushroom cells, work as immunomodulators. They activate T-lymphocytes and natural killer cells through the complement system.

Some low-molecular products of the second mushroom metabolism directly influence the cancer focus, cause apoptosis, block angiogenesis, or lead moderately atypical cells on the path of differentiation.

The improvement of the patient's immunity, which leads to better chances of overcoming a pathology, is still another advantage of medicinal mushrooms.

Mushrooms Most Commonly Used in Mycotherapy

We should notice that it is impossible to make mushroom-based medicines at home. You should strictly follow the special technique; otherwise, all healing properties will be lost.

Mycotherapy can be prescribed only by a doctor. Only your doctor can determine the dosage and type of mushrooms to use in your treatment.

We'll go over the mushrooms that are most commonly used in modern mycotherapy. Also, you will learn more about their positive impact on the body.

All the mushrooms presented below are used to treat and prevent cancer tumours, malignant pathologies of the lymphatic system and blood. They are also effective for the treatment and prevention of benign tumours.

Agaricus Subrufescens


This mushroom is able to activate human immunity, which is very important in the fight against cancer. Entering a malignant neoplasm, it can block the development of the tumour's circulatory system.

Lion’s Mane


The use of this mushroom allows for the restoration of normal white blood cell function, which can destroy atypical cells. Treatment with lion’s mane damages atypical cell membranes and inhibits and suppresses tumour growth in the circulatory system.



Treatment with this mushroom promotes immunity against the cancer pathology, inhibits the growth of the cancer nidus, and stimulates its breakdown.



Reishi mycotherapy promotes immune cell maturation, inhibits the growth of malignant neoplasms, and activates the destruction of any altered cells.

Turkey Tail


With the help of the turkey tail mushroom, it is possible to normalise the white blood cell count and increase their activity. The result of the treatment is the inhibition and suppression of blood vessel growth in the malignant tumour, and the destruction of the membranes of atypical cells.



This mushroom boosts antitumor immunity. Treatment with shiitake inhibits tumour growth and stimulates the growth of cells that kill this tumour.



It strengthens the mechanism of antitumor resistance of the body, activates different immune elements, and helps increase the efficiency of immune impact.

Phellinus Linteus and Catepillar Fungus


Treatment with these mushrooms is prescribed to suppress the growth of a malignant tumour, block metastasis, and boost immunity. They are used to support the body during therapy and minimize its negative effects.

Moreover, the mushrooms reduce pain, improve blood markers, and increase longevity.

Common Stinkhorn


It helps immune cells penetrate inside the malignant tumour, block the growth of its circular system, stimulate the formation of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes.

Treatment with the common stinkhorn may efficiently suppress tumour growth, block metastasis, boost immunity. It supports the body in the period of therapy and minimizes its side effects.

In addition, the common stinkhorn reduces pain, improves blood markers and increases longevity.

How to use medicinal mushrooms and medications based on them correctly

Mushroom extracts used in mycotherapy are able to support and recover liver function. The effect of mushroom-based medicines and medicinal mushrooms themselves depends on the dosage. It can only be established by the doctor after considering the patient’s condition, the peculiarities of the disease, and its stage.

The standard dosage of mushroom extracts is 10-12 g daily. For severe patients, it can be increased up to 16 g.

Mushroom extracts should be consumed in pairs, as in this case they will work synergistically.

For patients with metastasis, mushroom extracts are combined with another extract based on the Antrodia cinnamomea mushroom. Clinical practice has proven the increased of the efficiency of these extracts by almost ten times.

If the patient is sensitive to pharmaceutical drugs, the dosage of extracts starts at 8 g and gradually increases.

A cancer patient should not take the same extract for more than two months, as the treatment loses its efficiency due to drug resistance. That is why it is important to change mushroom extracts.

Six months after the treatment started, the patient should stop consuming extracts (as a rule, for 2-3 weeks), then the course can be repeated. If it is necessary, a doctor can correct the dosage of a follow-up course and reduce it by half.

The patient should have a medical check-up after four months of mycotherapy.

It is important to know that mushroom extracts can be combined with other methods of cancer treatment. Also, mycotherapy can be complemented with medicines based on herbs, berries, and probiotics.

Mistakes in Mycotherapy

Here are some important points to avoid harm caused by mycotherapy:

  1. Treatment should be led by a doctor; a patient must strictly follow all recommendations and complete the prescribed course of treatment.
  2. You should not purchase mushrooms from random providers.
  3. If you don’t feel any results within one month, it does not mean that the treatment programme is incorrect. Antitumor immunity cannot recover for such a short period of time. Patients with a moderate disease may feel the effect of mycotherapy in 1.5-2 months, and with the severe form of the disease it is possible at best in six months.
  4. The break between one-month courses should be no longer than 2 weeks. Then the cumulative effect goes away, and you have to start from the beginning.
  5. You shouldn’t stop consuming extracts even if you feel better. It is possible to decrease the dosage, but only after consulting with your doctor.
  6. A preventative course should be taken every six months.

When is Mycotherapy Contraindicated?

Treatment with mushrooms is undesirable for people with severe liver or kidney disorders. Mushrooms have a complicated structure, which makes them difficult to digest with the pathologies of these organs.

Mushroom treatment for patients with pancreatic issues should be conducted with great caution.

The therapy is contraindicated for small children.

Contact the Onco.Rehab clinic and learn the opinion of a professional oncologist about the mushroom treatment.


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