Medicinal Mushrooms in TCM

According to Chinese medicine mushrooms promote longevity, improve health, and prevent from cancer as well. Mushrooms are widely popular worldwide as they contain healthy properties and nutrients.  When it comes to Traditional Chinese Medicine, mushrooms play a vital role as they have been used for curing many disorders for thousands of years. Chinese people discovered more than 200 species of mushrooms with their healing properties. 


On the whole, all kinds of mushrooms possess cleansing properties.  As they contain a substance which is generally called Germanium. In fact, it is a nutrient that helps boost the oxygen efficiency within the body. Otherwise, germanium helps counteract the body's exposure to environmental toxins by increasing the body's ability to fight sickness.

Another fascinating  property of  medicinal mushrooms is a substance called Polysaccharides. This enables mushrooms to boost the immune system and fight the growth of swellings. 

There are three types of traditional Chinese mushrooms: Shiitake, Reishi and Maitake. They have tumor-fighting facilities as they contain a high proportion of pantothenic acid, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, vitamins B, C, and vitamin K. 


The Shiitake mushroom is probably one of the most popular mushrooms in traditional Chinese medicine well known as a stimulant that improves circulation, prevent strokes and boost health as well. 

Shiitake mushrooms have the substance named lentinan which has capabilities to treat  chromosomal damage determined by common anti-cancer treatments. Moreover, they contain a mixture called eritadenine in medicine. That can be a good helper in reducing cholesterol by facilitating fat growth.

An additional beneficial substance found in shiitake mushrooms is lentinula edodes mycelium (LEM) which fight hepatitis, heart disease, hypertension,  infectious diseases, cancer.

Apart from their healing effects, mushrooms also have several side effects such as: skin irritation and diarrhea. Additionally, for those who are taking blood thinners is strictly recommended to consult a doctor before using mushrooms, mentioned above.


Firstly, Reishi mushrooms have huge verities of healing medicines, used for curing heart and prostate cancer. Secondly, they can also be efficient in preventing cancer or fighting malady. 

On a large scale, Reishi mushrooms are used in the traditional Chinese medicine as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory treatment. Reishi mushrooms have the ability to control metabolism and fight swelling growth as well as cure heart malady, arthritis, and muscular dystrophy. In fact, Reishi mushrooms contain mixtures that can produce a calming effect and promote sleep.


Maitake mushrooms are famous in TCM for their ability to improve health and strength. Moreover, they enhance the immune system and stop tumefaction growth.

For those who are infected by AIDS virus  Maitake mushrooms can help to improve their blood sugar levels. Furthermore, these mushrooms help reduce high blood pressure and be a good helper in handling physical and emotional stress levels. 

What is more, most Maitake mushrooms are available both as a vegetable and as supplements.

On the whole, Shiitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms have all been discovered not only as a valuable food but also one of the best remedy with miraculous healing properties.