Maitake Mushrooms

Thursday 30 August, 2012

I had a tumour in my bowel removed almost two years ago. The surgeon from the hospital informed me that there was a spot on my liver and classified my cancer as stage 3b.

On returning for tests after surgery 3 months later, the oncologist told me that it was right through my liver. My wife, who had already been researching since my initial diagnosis, and lucky for me she had been retraining to become a pharmacist, stumbled across Japanese Mushroom Extracts (also called Maitake Mushroom Extracts).

These were developed by Dr Nanba, a professor and former Dean of the pharmacy of the Osaka University. He conducted tests in laboratories and then on people and got great tumour shrinkage statistics. Because the testing was not conducted in a certain fashion, it's not been accepted by the western world but is only now being taken seriously by the yanks at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a major cancer research hospital in America.

My wife had conferred with a molecular biologist over the internet, who had worked with Dr Nanba and figured out the correct dosage for me. I took this gear after I cleared it with the hospital and after 3 months of chemo and this stuff, my tumours had disappeared.


Cancer Council Victoria does not recommend anyone take these mushroom extracts without first consulting their specialist doctor. Standard treatment for bowel cancer remains either one of or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Research into Maitake continues. However, to date we have no scientific evidence to prove that taking Maitake Mushroom extracts will cure, treat or control any type of cancer in humans.

You can read what research has been done on the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre website. Their main message is that you should NOT take Maitake if:

  • You're taking hypoglycemic medications to lower your blood sugar, as maitake can increase their effects.
  • You're taking warfarin, as maitake may interact with warfarin resulting in an elevated international normalized ratio (INR).

Read more about bowel cancer and its treatment or for more information call our Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with one of our experienced cancer nurses.

Updated: 30 Aug, 2012