Reishi & Cancer.

Reishi and Cancer


by: Dr. Markho Rafael


Reishi extract is commonly used in Oriental Medicine as almost a cure-all.
Both medical practitioners and regular people use it for things as innocent as
stress and the common cold to more serious afflictions like asthma and

One of the strongest proponents for the use of reishi as a
medicinal mushroom is Dr. Fukumi Morishige. He works with the Linus Pauling
Institute of Science & Medicine
on treating cancer with

The following case reports were given by Dr. Morishige in a
speech re-printed in the periodical, Chinese Traditional Medicine Part

Growing up in Japan as Dr. Morishige did, it was impossible
not to have heard of reishi. But he dismissed it as a mild herbal remedy to be
used with limited results for non-terminal illnesses, not as a viable option for
treating terminal conditions such as cancer. His curiosity arose when two of his
cancer patients showed signs of remission, which they themselves claimed were
due to their use of reishi.

The first was a 39-year-old female with lung
cancer. Several hospitals had given her the same prognosis. The condition was
too far progressed; there was nothing they could do to help her. She’d also been
having secondary complications to the cancer in the form of edema of the chest
cavity. But by the time she came to see Dr. Morishige six months later, those
symptoms had completely disappeared. The patient herself insisted the
improvement was due to 4 grams of reishi per day.

After that, there was
the case of the young boy with congenital liver cancer. Four years before he
came to see Dr. Morishige, the boy’s original doctor had sent him home with his
parents, claiming the condition was terminal and there was nothing he could do
to help. But when Dr. Morishige examined the now 9-year-old-boy, he could find
no trace of the tumor. The boy’s parents said they had been giving their son
reishi via his naso-gastric feeding tube. This is when Dr. Morishige decided
that reishi deserved a closer look.

Listed below are five of Dr.
Morishige’s cases. Reishi and Vitamin C (for side effects) was used:

1: A patient with a 5 cm (2 in.) brain tumor who had lost consciousness was
placed on 6 gm of reishi per day in June of ’86. By September, this
70-year-old-male patient had emerged from his comatose state. The reishi was
decreased to 3 gm per day. Another three months later, December of 1986, scans
showed diminishing size of the tumor. After it shrunk to 1 cm (0.4 in.), the
hospital released the man to return home and live with his family.

2: A patient with lung cancer, a 50-year-old female, was coughing up blood. Dr.
Morishige put her on a daily dose of 6 gm of reishi. In six months, the tumor
vanished. The woman, among other things, had regained her ability to climb
stairs without suffering shortness of breath.

Case 3: Patient with breast
cancer metastasized to bones was in excruciating pain and unable to move below
the head. She was put initially on 9 gm of reishi per day, which was later
increased to 20 gm/day. After two months she reported as pain free and was
released from hospital after demonstrating progress in her ability to

Case 4: A male patient with rectal cancer and liver metastasis
began using 6 gm of reishi per day. After six months, CT scans showed diminished
tumor size and patient demonstrated improved general health.

Case 5: A
60-year-old male diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer with a short
remaining life expectancy began 9 gm/day of reishi orally, in combination with
30 gm/day of Vitamin C intravenously. One year later, he was completely symptom
free and back to work. He continued using 5 gm/day of reishi after being
released from the hospital.

Note: This article is provided for
informational purposes only. The product mentioned herein has not been approved
by the FDA for use in treating cancer. Never use this or any other herb to treat
a life-threatening disease without consulting a licensed physician.


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