Maitake is a polypore mushroom that grows at the base of trees, mainly oaks. Its scientific name is Grifola Frondosa, also commonly known as Hen of the Woods, Ram’s Head and Sheep’s Head.
Maitake is its Japanese name, meaning ‘dancing mushroom. Maitake is largely used in the Chinese and Japanese systems of medicine as an aid to balance the body systems, it also has culinary applications.
It is used largely to boost the immune system.
Maitake has the ability to regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin.
Maitake also helps regulate serum and lipid levels such as cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids.
It is believed to be helpful in weight loss.
It limits or reverses tumor growth.
It boosts the effects of chemotherapy and reduces hair loss, pain and nausea.
Maitake helps the body to adapt to stress and fight infections.
It has liver protecting properties.
It is helpful for people suffering from chronic fatigue.
Some studies indicate that use of Maitake resulted in a reduction of bladder cancer when combined with chemotherapy.
It also inhibits the multiplication of breast cancer cells.
It is helpful for people suffering from Lyme’s disease.
It aids in the absorption of micronutrients.
Studies indicate that Maitake can kill the HIV virus and boost the activity of T cells.
It helps to combat Hepatitis
It also has excellent culinary properties and can be used for cooking as an immune boosting natural food.
Maitake should be taken in small doses and work up to a larger dose.
1-6 gm of Maitake every day.
An average dose is 2 gms daily that is 6 pills of 300mg.
All herbs should be taken under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.
It is advised to take small doses.
Pregnant and lactating women are not advised to use Maitake
In some cases it may cause allergies.
People on medications should avoid Maitake.
Maitake might induce arthritis.