Alternative Therapies For Cancer Patients

Coriolus Versicolor

This treatment is used in place of conventional therapies to treat cancer.

What does coriolus versicolor treatment involve?  Coriolus versicolor is a mushroom used in Asian cultures to treat cancer.  Its active ingredient can be administered as a tea or in capsules.

How is coriolus versicolor thought to treat cancer?  The coriolus versicolor mushroom has shown antimicrobial, antiviral and antitumor properties, which have been attributed to a protein-bound polysaccharide called Polysaccharide K (PSK), also known as Krestin.  In Japan, PSK is currently widely used as a cancer treatment.

What has been proven about the benefit of coriolus versicolor?  Animal studies have reported that PSK prevents the induction of tumors by chemicals, radiation and other mutagens.  The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center performed an extensive human studies literature review of coriolus versicolor and found twenty-four studies relevant to cancer.  After an in-depth review of the available literature, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center reported that PSK is a "promising candidate for chemoprevention due to the multiple effects on the malignant process, limited side effects and safety of daily oral doses for extended periods of time."

What is the potential risk or harm of coriolus versicolor treatment?  Side effects of coriolus versicolor treatment are not expected. 

For additional information:

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX  77030
Telephone:  (800) 392-1611


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