Generic Name: Coriolus mushroom


What is coriolus mushroom used for?

Coriolus mushroom is a fungus. People have used the fruiting body and other parts as folk medicine for a long time.

Coriolus mushroom, PSP, and PSK are used for:

  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Treating herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hepatitis, and pulmonary disorders
  • Reducing phlegm
  • Improving bodybuilding results
  • Increasing energy
  • Curing ringworm and a skin condition called impetigo
  • Treating upper respiratory, urinary, and digestive tract infections
  • Curing liver disorders including hepatitis
  • Reducing the toxic effects and pain of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy
  • Prolonging life and raising the quality of life of cancer patients
  • Increasing appetite

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how coriolus mushroom works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that coriolus contains polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide-K (PSK, krestin), which may be able to fight tumor growth as well as boost the immune system.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using coriolus 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 coriolus mushroom or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is coriolus mushroom?

Coriolus mushroom is possibly safe for most people when taken by mouth appropriately.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking coriolus mushroom if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from coriolus mushroom?

There have been no reported side effects so far. However, people who have received chemotherapy and a chemical called PSK (which is extracted from coriolus mushroom) have experienced nausea, low white blood cell counts, and liver problems. It is unclear if these side effects were due to the chemotherapy or PSK.

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 coriolus mushroom?

Coriolus mushroom may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.


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 coriolus mushroom?

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:


For cancer, in addition to chemotherapy: 3 grams of PSK, the ingredient that is thought to fight cancer, is taken daily.

The dose for coriolus mushroom may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does coriolus mushroom come in?

Coriolus mushroom may be available in the following forms:

  • Raw coriolus mushroom
  • Coriolus mushroom extract capsules
  • Coriolus mushroom liquid extract

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Review Date: November 14, 2017 | Last Modified: November 14, 2017