Maitake (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:grifola frondosa
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Suggested Dosing

Medicinal mushroom extract (liquid, tablet, capsule) 3-7.0 g/d PO

Maitake mushrooms: may be consumed as food or made into tea

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Suggested Uses

Treatment or prevention of cancer

Boosts human immune system & limits or reverses tumor growth

Enhances benefits of chemo & lessens side effects of hair loss, pain, & nausea

Clinical trials currently undergoing study:

to learn if beta glucan can increase effectiveness of rituximab by making cancer cells more sensitive to it

of young patients with relapsed or progressive lymphoma, leukemia, or similar d/o

with other drugs to learn if they increase effectiveness of another monoclonal antibody

for breast cancer treatment; neuroblastoma patients that have not responded to treatment

combining different types of biological treatment

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            Adverse Effects

            None reported

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            Warnings

            Cautions

            Commercial preparations may vary in strength, check Mfr's label

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: check with physician

            Lactation: check with physician

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Maitake D-fraction contains a polysaccharide called beta-glucan believed to stimulate & activate certain immune cells & proteins that attack cancer cells: macrophages, T-cellls, natural killer cells, & interleukin 1 & 2

            Efficacy:

            • Current clinical trials undergoing study
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