Maitake (meaning "Dancing
Mushroom" in Japanese
Huai Su Gu
Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa or Polyporus frondosus
2-6 tablets per day
What is Maitake?
Maitake, or Grifola Frondosa, also known as Polyporus frondosus, is a perennial mushroom that grows in clusters
at the foot of trees, particularly the oak.
Maitake can grow up to 20 kilos
in weight, for which it is sometimes known as "The King of Mushrooms".
This name also refers to the especially beneficial effect this fungus has on
the Heart, the Emperor organ of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The meaning of Maitake, "Dancing Mushroom" alludes to the
idea that one dances with joy on finding it in the woods. This is due
to its marked influence on the body's energy, particularly the
cardiovascular system; the emotion associated with the Heart in Traditional
Chinese Medicine is in fact, "Joy".
Maitake in Traditional Oriental
Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) is:
Maitake enters the:
Liver organs/ channels
Maitake's actions are to:
Maitake has been extensively
researched since the early 1980s. This research appears to bear out
Maitake's traditional benefits in maintaining a
healthy cardiovascular system. Maitake is considered a very safe substance which can be taken
over a prolonged period.
© Robert A D Cran 2005