Mushroom immunutrition in CFIDS

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  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Mushroom immunutrition in Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome

    Source: Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
    Oct, 2005

    In the recently published edition of the Journal of Integrated Medicine (Online version), Dr. Jean Monro of the Breakspear Hospital outlines the impact of Coriolus versicolor supplementation as immunonutrition in thirty-six (36) Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) patients over a six week period. (1)

    The 36 patients were selected on the basis of international criteria for the diagnosis of CFIDS. Ages ranged from 17 years to 83 years and there was a female-to-male ratio of 2:1. In addition, the patients had a combination of high antibody levels to Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and/or Herpes Simplex 6 virus (HHV6) and/or Cytomegalovirus. (CMV).

    Patients were given Coriolus versicolor (non-extracted) 6 tablets daily for 15 days (3 g/day), followed by 3 tablets daily for 45 days (1.5 g/day). Immune parameters were measured before and after the sixty (60) day supplementation period. (2)

    Results were noted in two areas:

    1) Natural Killer Cells--before treatment the average NK cell level was average=129.64/mm3. After treatment this had increased to 175/mm3, an increase of 35%.

    2) T cells (CD3+CD26)--there was increased activation in 66% of patients and T cell depression in 22% of patients. T cell level was unchanged in 11% of the patients.


    Supplementation with non-extracted Coriolus versicolor showed improvements in both immune parameters and viral levels in the majority of the thirty-six (36) CFIDS patients, indicating that Coriolus versicolor supplementation has the potential to play a significant role in the treatment of CFIDS.


    1. Coriolus--by Dr. Jean Monro--Journal of Integrated Medicine.

    2. Coriolus versicolor was supplied by Mycology Research Labs Ltd.

    Dr. Jean Monro (MD, MB, ChB) has a background in hospital general medicine and worked at the National Hospital for nervous diseases, Queen's Square, London, (researching migraine and multiple sclerosis). She entered full time practice in Environmental Medicine in 1982 and in 1988 founded the Breakspear Hospital for Allergy and Environmental Medicine

    The Breakspear Hospital, an outpatient hospital, is focused on the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Allergies and other immune related disorders.

    Breakspear Hospital is located at Hertfordshire House, Wood Lane, Paradise Estate, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP24FD, United Kingdom. Tel: 44-1442-266-388.[This Message was Edited on 11/03/2005]
  2. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    I've done some research on Coriolus, and it's a promising treatment for cancer prevention as well. I'd like to try it and am looking at the Coriolus VPS at Pure Prescriptions. For 1 1/2 months (2 caps per day and 90 pills in the bottle), the cost is $59. Is that about what you've found? Is there another brand?

    Thanks for the article tansy!

    Warm wishes, Jeannette
  3. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    this medicinal fungus, so thanks for the memory-jog. I believe the Chinese have used this for a very long time. It is also called Trametes versicolor by some taxonomists. Common name is Turkey-tail...

    It can be purchased in most health-food stores, often in conjunction with Cordyceps, Ganoderma, or other medicinal fungi.

    I have Coriolus all over my property, growing out of dead wood. It is very easy to identify and collect. I will start collecting it and making tea with it. You have to boil the Coriolus for a long time to get the polysaccharides out of the fungus and into the "tea", and then it's ready for consumption. I add ginger, etc. to give a better flavour.

    Best Wishes to you, and thanks for the info.
    Barry[This Message was Edited on 11/05/2005]

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