Shiitake

The Healing Mushroom
By (author) Kenneth Jones

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Shiitake
The Healing Mushroom
By (author) Kenneth Jones

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Pages : 128

Book Size : 5 x 7.75

ISBN-13 : 9780892814992

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

Release Date : November 01, 1994

Format : Paperback Book

The shiitake is a highly prized food, yet few are aware of its its important role in traditional Chinese medicine where it been used as a folk treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. But recent studies also indicate its usefulness in lowering blood cholesterol, bolstering the immune system, and increasing the body's ability to ward off tumors, viral infections, and chronic fatigue.
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About Shiitake

The shiitake is one of the most highly prized foods in Oriental cuisine, lending its rich, caramel-like flavor to seasonings, sauces, soups, even carbonated drinks and candies. Yet few aficionados of this gourmet delicacy are aware of its high nutritional value or of its important role in traditional Chinese medicine and in the modern search for botanical remedies. Traditionally classified as a food that activates the blood, shiitake has been used as a folk treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom takes the reader on a lively tour of the healing properties of one of the world's most delicious foods.

In the past few years, its growing popularity in the West has made shiitake, after the common table mushroom, the most-cultivated mushroom worldwide. Recent studies indicate its usefulness in lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. Research suggests that shiitake is valuable in immunotherapy, bolstering the immune system and increasing the body's ability to ward off cancerous tumors, viral infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The N.I.H. is testing shiitake in their AIDS research program.
Table of Contents

Table of content


Preface

1.  A Food from the Forest

2.  Shiitake in Folk Medicine

3.  Shiitake and Cholesterol

4.  Cancer Research

5.  Cancer Prevention

6.  Warring with Viruses

7.  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Endnotes

Index

Author Bio
Kenneth Jones is a medical writer specializing in medicinal plants. He has served as a consultant to herbal product manufacturers for product development, and has been interviewed on radio and in several health publications. He lives near Vancouver, B.C. 
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"Now that shiitake mushrooms have become readily available in the Western world as well as in the Orient where they originated, this is a timely treatise on the health benefits of this 'pharmafoodical.'Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom is loaded with specific and detailed information on a multitude of topics ranging from nutrition and cultivation to folk medicine and the Oriental medical perspective."
Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., Alternative Therapies

"This book is small, yet it is packed with shiitake facts. Jones explains in clear, yet concise language how this mushroom lowers cholesterol, prevents heart disease, improves immunity and fights viral infections and cancer. All of the information is backed by pages of references, making it a valuable resource."
The American Herb Association

"The book was thoroughly researched and well documented. I find this to be the best book on this subject."
Making Scents
Back Cover

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HEALTH

The shiitake mushroom is one of the most highly prized foods in Oriental cuisine, lending its rich, caramel-like flavor to seasonings, sauces, soups, and even carbonated drinks and candies. Yet few aficionados of this gourmet delicacy are aware of its high nutritional value or of its uses in traditional Chinese medicine and in the modern search for botanical remedies.

Traditionally classified as a food that activates the blood, shiitake has been used as a folk treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. More recent studies have indicated its usefulness in lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. Another exciting area of research suggests that shiitake is valuable in bolstering the immune system to increase the body’s ability to ward off cancerous tumors, viral infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom takes the reader on a lively tour of the healing properties of one of the world’s most delicious foods.

KENNETH JONES is the author of Pau d’Arco: Immune Power from the Rain Forest and Reishi: Ancient Herb for Modern Times.

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