What is agaricus mushroom used for?
Agaricus mushroom is a fungus, which is found in Brazil, China, and Japan. It is used for these medical conditions, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
- Ongoing liver disease
- Bloodstream disorders
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Weakened bones (osteoporosis)
- Stomach ulcers
It is also used to boost the immune system and for physical and emotional stress.
Agaricus mushroom may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist, herbalist for more information.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing that agaricus mushroom contains chemicals, which might improve the body’s use of insulin and decrease insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes. Some developing research also suggests it might be able to strengthen the immune system, fight tumor development, and work as an antioxidant.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using agaricus mushroom?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergy with any substances of agaricus mushroom or other medications or other herbals.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, such as liver diseases.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is agaricus mushroom?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this herbal during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.
Stop taking agaricus mushroom at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
What kind of side effects may I have from agaricus mushroom?
Agaricus mushroom causes these side effects, such as:
- Hypoglycemia in some people with diabetes
- Liver damage
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with agaricus mushroom?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
Antidiabetes drugs may interact with this herbal, including glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for agaricus mushroom?
The recommended dose is 500 mg of agaricus mushroom extract three times daily.
As a dietary supplement:
Take 500mg veggie capsule two to three times per day with water.
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does agaricus mushroom come in?
This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:
- Capsule 200mg/350mg/500mg
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Agaricus Mushroom. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1109-acai.aspx?activeingredientid=1109. Accessed March 11, 2017.
Review Date: May 6, 2017 | Last Modified: May 6, 2017