(Health Secrets) For thousands of years Chinese medicine has prized mushrooms for their energizing and healing properties. Chinese legend is filled with stories about people who discovered a 1,000 year old mushroom and became immortal. In the West, acceptance is based less on tradition and more on the results of the scientific method. Researchers have been busy documenting what Chinese tradition has always dictated, that mushrooms are some of the most potent medicines on the planet. In particular, they have shown that the Coriolus versicolor is a potent cancer fighting mushroom that stands out above the rest for its ability to regulate the immune system and end cancer.
Coriolus versicolor found to be potent cancer fighting mushroom and weapon against human papillomavirus
Researchers at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York tested several botanicals for their immune enhancing activity in cancer cells during a study published in the journal Vaccine. They found that Coriolus versicolor displayed consistent and significant immune enhancement activity superior to all other compounds tested.
The superiority of Coriolus to the other popular immune enhancers such as yeast beta glucan, maitake mushroom, turmeric, echinacea, and preparation H-48 from Honso USA, was described as surprising. Although the exhibited levels of immune enhancing ability found in astragalus were also impressive, they were surpassed by that of Coriolus.
The BMC Cancer journal recently reported that Coriolus versicolor is a potent cancer fighting mushroom in the treatment of gastric, esophageal, colorectal, breast and lung cancers. Its protein-bound polysaccharides are credited for its amazing performance. This activity was found to be independent of its previously described immunomodulatory effect on natural killer (NK) cells.
The journal Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy has reported double blind trials on 111 patients with colorectal cancer, using Coriolus versicolor. Although traditional medicine offers little help for colon cancer patients, Coriolus showed a remarkable enhancement of the patient’s white blood cells, even in advanced colon cancer cases. White cells greatly increased natural chemotactic motion and phagocytosis, the ability to scavenge toxins and kill pathogens. Coriolus was also used with patients as a helpful maintenance therapy following cancer surgery.
The results of a year long clinical trial examining the effects of mushroom supplementation in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) were so impressive they were presented at the 20th European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Silva Couto and his research team found that Coriolus versicolor supplementation over the period of one year substantially increased regression of dysplasia and induced clearance of the high-risk subtypes of the HPV responsible for cervical cancer. Coriolus versicolor supplementation demonstrated a 72 percent regression rate in lesions compared to 47.5 percent without supplementation, and a 90 percent regression rate in the high risk HPV virus sub-types compared to 8.5 percent without supplementation.
It is also likely that Coriolus versicolor would be beneficial in high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL), a precancerous condition in which the cells of the uterine cervix are moderately or severely abnormal. The lead physician of the study noted that the optimal supplementation period may be as short as six months.
This potent cancer fighting mushroom also modulates autoimmune diseases
T cells belong to a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, and play a central role in cell-mediated immunity. The activation of T helper (Th) cell subsets also plays an important role in immunity. However, uncontrolled Th responses lead to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The identification of agents that modulate these helper cells is essential for controlling autoimmune diseases.
A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, reported that polysaccharopeptide (PSP) from Coriolus versicolor exhibited the ability to control aberrant T lymphocyte activation through ciclosporin-like activity.
What makes Coriolus versicolor so special?
Coriolus versicolor, also referred to as the turkey-tail mushroom, contains large quantities of beta glucan that act to stimulate the immune system. Coriolus can dramatically regenerate and rejuvenate the body. Its most active medicinal components are biological response modifiers called protein-bound polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are known as Krestin or PSK in Japan, and as Yun zhi, or PSP in China. There have been reports of cases of Bell’s palsy clearing up with use of Coriolus for just a few days. Others have found it effective against bronchitis.
Other studies have shown that Coriolus can double the number of natural killer cells after only 8 weeks of treatment. Coriolus has also been found to help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, and may be an effective treatment for Lyme disease.
More research documents the anti-tumor benefits of Coriolus
Japanese researchers screened 200 of the best phytochemicals (plant extracts) known for anti-tumor activity. Coriolus versicolor exhibited the greatest amount of anti-tumor activity. In another Japanese study, 185 people with lung cancer at different stages were given radiation. Doctors found those who also took Coriolus showed the best tumor shrinkage and the best survival rate. Another study involving stomach cancer patients produced similar results. Those who received Coriolus survived significantly longer, felt better and had fewer side effects.
Coriolus is first line defense against infection
Coriolus is a good centerpiece for your natural medicine chest, even if you are currently the picture of health. When any type of infection strikes, you will be ready. Coriolus can be used to target any infected organ, gland or tissue. Its immune enhancing properties provide an increased response to deal effectively with infections, and do this without over stimulating the immune system.
There are several coriolus versicolor products on the market. Some of the best comes from Fungi Perfecti and Mushroom Science, and are available online. They carry both Polysaccharide K (PSK), the potent polysaccharide needed for those with cancer or other disease, and Polysaccharide P (PSP), the appropriate choice for those who are generally healthy but wishing to boost immunity.
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