Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is a polypore mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees, particularly oaks. In Japanese, it means "dancing mushroom". Long time ago in Japan, the wild-crafted maitake mushroom was treated as precious thing, and could be exchanged for equal amount of silver. This is because Japanese people believe it is not only delicious, but also can be used to treat serious illness effectively. Mordern research found that it can enhance immune function by stimulating cell-mediated immunity. It can turn on the immune systemís T-cells, which travel the bloodstream seeking and destroying tumor cells. Some researches claim that it has antiviral properties and can be used as supplement for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity.
But Studies have shown that Maitake can induce interferon production which may have an effect if you are on a strict interferon prescription. Please consult your practitioner if you are on a interferon prescription.