June 27, 2016

Agaricus Mushroom

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What other names is Agaricus Mushroom known by?

Agaric, Agaricus, Agaricus blazei, Agarikusutake, Brazil Mushroom, Brazilian Mushroom, Brazilian Sun-Mushroom, Callampa Agaricus, Champignon Agaric, Champignon Brésilien, Champignon du Brésil, Cogumelo do Sol, Kawariharatake, Himematsutake, Mushroom, Sun Mushroom.

What is Agaricus Mushroom?

Agaricus mushroom is a fungus. It originated in Brazil, but is now grown in China, Japan, and Brazil for sale. A solution containing chemicals that are taken from the plant (extract) is used as medicine.

Agaricus mushroom is used for cancer, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis), ongoing liver disease, bloodstream disorders, and digestive problems. Other uses include prevention of heart disease, weakened bones (osteoporosis), and stomach ulcers. It is also used to boost the immune system and for physical and emotional stress.

In Japan, extracts of the agaricus mushroom are approved as a food additive.

It is also consumed as food and tea.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes often have "insulin resistance." This is the inability to use insulin properly. Insulin is the hormone that allows sugar to move into the cells and be used as energy. Many medications that are used to treat diabetes work by lowering insulin resistance. Some research shows that certain medications are better at lowering insulin resistance when they are given with agaricus mushroom extract.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cancer treatment (chemotherapy) side effects. Developing research suggests that taking agaricus mushroom might reduce some of the side effects of chemotherapy including weakness and loss of appetite.
  • High cholesterol.
  • "Hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis).
  • Ongoing liver disease (chronic hepatitis).
  • Digestion problems.
  • Stress.
  • Heart disease prevention.
  • Weak bones (osteoporosis) prevention.
  • Stomach ulcer prevention.
  • Immune system strengthening.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of agaricus mushroom for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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