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shiitake

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).

Efficacy
Dubious at best.
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You can find shiitake mushrooms in most grocery stores.
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Arguably the most popular specialty mushroom hitting shelves and tables is the Shiitake; the production value of Shiitakes has shot up 31 percent in the last recorded year.
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One option forest landowners can look at is growing shiitake mushrooms.