What is it?
Maitake is a type of mushroom. People use it to make medicine.
Some people take maitake mushroom by mouth for infertility due to a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS), diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Insufficient Evidence to Make a Determination for …
- A hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS). Early research shows that taking a specific dietary supplement containing maitake mushroom extract can improve ovulation in women whose periods have stopped due to PCOS. Maitake mushroom does not appear to be as effective as the drug clomiphene for PCOS, but the combination of these two agents may be more effective than either one alone for improving ovulation.
- A group of cancers in which the body can’t make enough healthy blood cells (myelodysplastic syndromes).
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Hay fever.
- High blood pressure.
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
- Swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis).
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate maitake mushroom for these uses.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if maitake mushroom is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Maitake mushroom might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using maitake mushroom at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Maitake mushroom might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking maitake mushroom along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Maitake mushroom might lower blood sugar levels. Using it along with other herbs or supplements that might also lower blood sugar could cause your blood sugar to drop too low. Some of these products include alpha-lipoic acid, bitter melon, chromium, devil’s claw, fenugreek, garlic, guar gum, horse chestnut seed, Panax ginseng, psyllium, Siberian ginseng, and others.
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