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

In Oriental cultures it is 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 the 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, 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, teas.

Another mushroom, whose beneficial properties were known long ago, is maitake. It was used mostly to lose weight. But know its efficiency in 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. 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 such a poisonous mushroom, as a fly agaric, can 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 XIX century famous ethnographer G. I. Popov noticed that tincture with fly agaric mushrooms is consumed by citizens of many Russian provinces mostly in therapeutic purposes.

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

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, remove toxins and waste.

Thus, our country has rich traditions of mycotherapy, and now they are continuing to develop.

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, which promotes the inhibition of tumour growth.

Halting or considerably slowing the proliferation of atypical cells, mushrooms help drugs treat the tumour more effectively.

Medicinal mushrooms play an important role in minimizing side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Polysaccharides, polysaccharide-peptide, 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 to the path of differentiation.

Again, among benefits of medicinal mushrooms are enhance of the patient’s immunity, as a result, higher chances to defeat a pathology.

Most Common Mushrooms 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 choose mushrooms for the treatment and their dosage.

We will tell you about mushrooms that are used in modern mycotherapy most often. Also, you will learn more about their positive impact on the body.

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

Lion’s Mane


The usage of this mushroom allows to recover normal functioning of white blood cells, which can destroy atypical cells. Treatment with the lion’s mane damages membranes of atypical cells, inhibit, and suppress the growth of tumour circulatory system.



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



Mycotherapy with the reishi mushroom let boost the maturity of immune cells, inhibit malignant neoplasm growth, and activate the destruction of any changed cells.

Turkey Tail


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



This mushroom boosts antitumour immunity. Treatment with shiitake inhibits tumour growth and stimulates growth of cells, which kill this tumour.



It strengthens the mechanism of antitumour resistance of the body, activates different immune elements, helps to 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. It also helps to support the body in the period of therapy and to minimize its side 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 Medicines with Them Correctly

Mushroom extracts used in mycotherapy are able to support and recover liver functioning. Effect of mushroom-based medicines and medicinal mushrooms themselves depends on the dosage. It can be established only by the doctor considering the patient’s condition, 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 proved the increase 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.

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 take a medical check-up in 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, probiotics.

Mistakes of 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. Antitumour immunity cannot recover for such a short period of time. Patients with a moderate disease may feel the effect from mycotherapy in 1.5-2 months, and with the severe form of the disease it is possible at the best in six months.
  4. The break between one-month courses should be no longer than 2 weeks. Than 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 the consultation 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 disorders of liver or kidney functioning. Mushrooms have a complicated structure, which makes them difficult to digest with 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 Onco.Rehab clinic and learn the opinion of a professional oncologist about mushroom treatment.


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