Mushrooms in Cancer Treatment : Turkey tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor)
Coriolus versiciolor is one of the most clinically studied botanical in the world with over 400 studies. It is a biological response modifier.
Turkey Tail has been used in Chinese Medicine as a tonic for centuries. Studies show that it improves survival rates and acts as an immune modulator with immune stimulating and anti-tumor properties.
Some studies show that it can enhance the effects of chemotherapy cancer treatment and reduce the side effects of radiation therapy.
Reports showed that gastric cancer, lymphoma, leukaemia and lung cancer cell lines being suppressed by extracts of Coriolus. Coriolus versicolor also increases Natural Killer cells, and CD8+ T-cells (a type of white blood cell) that can kill cancer cells.
Coriolus Versicolor has been shown to activate T-lymphocyte production, macrophage activity and other immune system functions.
The Coriolus extract, PSP, has been shown to have immune boosting and modulating effects and anticancer properties in both pre-clinical experiments and clinical trials.
The protein bound polysaccharide that was isolated from the mushroom is called Polysaccharide–K (Krestin, PSK).
Their research found that PSK is effective as an immune system boosting agent.
In the 1980s, Chinese researchers improved upon the Japanese finding a decade earlier and introduced a more potent extact called Polysaccharide-Peptide or PSP. Both PSK and PSP have been successfully used in Japan, China, Hong Kong, and some European countries for medical treatments of various types.