What is it?
Shitake is a mushroom that is used as an herbal medicine for cancer, hepatitis, HIV, colds and flues, to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, and to eliminate worms.
Other names for Shitake include: Lentinan edodes, Forest Mushroom, and Ha Gu.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
- are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
- are breastfeeding
- have eosinophilia
- have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much Shitake you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Shitake. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
To store this medicine:
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
- Before taking Shitake, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Do not take Shitake if you have eosinophilia (3)
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
- Chest pain
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Other Side Effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
- Taking large amounts of Shitake has been reported to cause diarrhea, stomach upset, and bloating (1)
1. Lininger S (ed): The Natural Pharmacy. Prima Health Publishing, Rocklin, CA; 1998.
2. Shirhata A, Mori K, Kishida K et al: The usefulness of LEM (the extract of cultured Lentinus mycelia) in HIV-infected hemophiliacs. Sixth International Conference on AIDS, June 20-21, San Francisco, CA; 1990: SB2074, p. 372.
3. Levy AM et al: Eosinophilia and gastrointestinal symptoms after ingestion of shiitake mushrooms. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1998; 101(5): 613-620.
Last Updated: 3/4/2018