#4 – Coriolus Mushroom aka PSK, PSP, Krestin

This was an immune system booster that I happened upon.  Friends had been visiting the house and suggested that I contact a place in Toronto’s Chinatown that prepares traditional Chinese medicine.  I was looking for a very specific blend of natural roots, leaves, mushrooms, etc., when I came across this.  The Coriolus Mushroom is listed in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database as “Possibly Effective” for Cancer.  Specifically the database referrences polysaccharide krestin (PSK) which” orally may improve response and survival in some patients with cancer.”  Additionally, it states that “It has been used in Japan for several decades for breast cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, hepatic cancer, colorectal cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer.” (Source:  naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com, extracted August 13, 2014 – this database is available to subscribers only.)  The Coriolus Mushroom apparently has been used in folk medicine for a very long time.

The article had me hooked at “lung cancer”.  I searched for products on line that contained PSK and found one that I have since purchased.  When we went for our chemo session I asked the dietician if it was safe to use the product in conjunction with the chemotherapy.  She asked for more information and told me she wanted to check into it first.  Her main caveat was that any product that I considered must have been trialed on humans.  Since PSK has been in use in Japan as an adjuvant to cancer therapy she was satisfied about it’s clinical trials but still asked me to hold off until she looked further into it.  I have since heard back from her.  She was satisfied about the clinical trials and left the decision up to us as to whether my husband take this product.  Since the prouct is used to stimulate the immue system, improve energy levels and work towards minimizing the toxic effects while improving the effectiveness of chemotherapy, I believe this is one that we will commence using.  I have been taking the minimum dose as a preventive measure for myself, to determine if there were any side effects that I experienced.  It has been a week and I am fine.  We have discussed my husband taking the product and we have agreed to slowly introduce it into his daily dosage of medicines.  Slowly, while monitoring for any reactions.  I have also informed the visiting nurse, who has looked at the product I purchased and stated she knows of others using it during chemotherapy with no ill effects.  Wish us luck.

For those of you interested in this particular product, do your own research, don’t just  rely on mine – my research and my opinions are subjective.  I am only one person.  Do your own research or have other people help you.  Or if you come across something that you think may interest others, let me know, I will do a little investigating as well and see what I find.