• Has anyone had luck with turkey tail mushroom supplements or tea? Longer time between treatment? remission?

    Asked by Jazzi480 on Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Has anyone had luck with turkey tail mushroom supplements or tea? Longer time between treatment? remission?

    Reading up on some research, is this just grasping at straws?

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    • Harry's Avatar


      Perhaps, as complementary (along with) therapy in addition to your traditional medical therapy, and with the knowledge and support of your oncologist, I suppose there might be something to the idea. But, I tend to be skeptical. This sort of thing comes down to whether you feel better and making sure you don't try to use mushrooms instead of traditional medicine. Also, make sure that you don't take something that interferes with your regular treatment.

      over 7 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      An Integrative Med MD at MSKCC has recommended that I take Turkey Tail (Super Coriolus PSK) and I've been doing so. There has been good evidence, at least for colorectal cancers. In Japan, it is one of the chemos used (I believe the PSP formulation is used for Lung ca ). See: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/coriolus-versicolor

      over 7 years ago
    • Miguel-O-Matic's Avatar

      Paul Stamets talks about his mother's experience with turkey tail, as a complement to chemo, in this TEDMED talk: http://youtu.be/pXHDoROh2hA. This is, of course, anecdotal. But there are other reputable sources that point to potential benefits of turkey tail, and, more specifically, Polysaccharide-K (PSK). Note: I am not an expert on the subject, and I'd be remiss if I did not stress that what I have read on the subject points to PSK as a complementary therapy/supplement, not a replacement for more traditional approaches.

      about 6 years ago
    • L_Meligne's Avatar

      I live in the Seattle area where we have Bastyr University and Clinic. It is alternative medicine, and highly regarded. They have gotten FDA Approval to do trials on breast and prostate cancer using held the chemo drugs as usual, in conjunct with turkey tail mushroom. That means half the side effects. The results have been good. I have endometrial cancer so I was not a candidate, but when I'm done I plan to get on Paul Stamets line of supplements to boost my immune system and hopefully keep from reoccurrence!!

      almost 6 years ago
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