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Herbal medicine
A mushroom that contains B vitamins, cortinelin (an antibacterial) and lentinan (­a polysaccharide complex that stimulates the immune system). Shiitake has been used as a medicinal mushroom for upper respiratory diseases, poor circulation, liver disease, exhaustion and weakness, and to boost qi/chi. It is also said to prevent premature ageing, hypertension, AIDS and the occurrence of hang nails.
Fringe oncology
Shiitake mushrooms have been used for cancer via proprietary extracts (e.g., PSK, Lentinan).

Dubious at best.


n See lentinan.
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Screening of inducers for laccase production by Lentinula edodes in liquid medium.
The fungus Lentinula edodes EF 50 was obtained from Collection of Work Technology Laboratory Non-timber Products from the Brazilian Agricultural Research--National Research Center for Forestry--EMBRAPA FORESTS (Colombo, PR, Brazil).
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the potential of crude methanol extracts of Lentinula edodes and Ganoderma lucidum in alleviating pain in acetic acid-induced gastric pain writhings in Swiss albino mice.
Palabras claves: Lentinula edodes, shiitake, hongos comestibles, residuos agroindustriales.
La cepa jumbo de Lentinula edodes Pegler, perteneciente a la coleccion de Fungi Perfecti.
El centro de investigaciones CENICAFE, adelanto unas investigaciones y aplicaciones importantes en el cultivo del hongo Lentinula edodes (Shiitake), promoviendose su cultivo en la zona cafetera, aprovechando los desechos organicos agroindustriales como la zoca y la borra del cafe.
Molecular evidence supports the separation of Lentinula edodes from Lentinus and related genera.
Shiitake mushrooms, prized for their taste, contain polysaccharides called lentinan and lentinula edodes mycelium (LEM), which have shown antitumor, antimicrobial and immuneboosting properties, mostly in rat studies.