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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892814993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892814992
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now that shiitake mushrooms have become readily available in the Western world as well as in the Orient where they originated, this is a timely treatise on the health benefits of this 'pharmafoodical.'Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom is loaded with specific and detailed information on a multitude of topics ranging from nutrition and cultivation to folk medicine and the Oriental medical perspective." (Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., Alternative Therapies)

"This book is small, yet it is packed with shiitake facts. Jones explains in clear, yet concise language how this mushroom lowers cholesterol, prevents heart disease, improves immunity and fights viral infections and cancer. All of the information is backed by pages of references, making it a valuable resource." (The American Herb Association)

"The book was thoroughly researched and well documented. I find this to be the best book on this subject." (Making Scents)

From the Back Cover


The shiitake mushroom is one of the most highly prized foods in Oriental cuisine, lending its rich, caramel-like flavor to seasonings, sauces, soups, and even carbonated drinks and candies. Yet few aficionados of this gourmet delicacy are aware of its high nutritional value or of its uses in traditional Chinese medicine and in the modern search for botanical remedies.

Traditionally classified as a food that activates the blood, shiitake has been used as a folk treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. More recent studies have indicated its usefulness in lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. Another exciting area of research suggests that shiitake is valuable in bolstering the immune system to increase the body’s ability to ward off cancerous tumors, viral infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom takes the reader on a lively tour of the healing properties of one of the world’s most delicious foods.

KENNETH JONES is the author of Pau d’Arco: Immune Power from the Rain Forest and Reishi: Ancient Herb for Modern Times.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on October 21, 2001
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Shiitake The Healing Mushroom represents a very good first attempt to bring detailed information about the nutritional and medicinal merits of this exotic Asian mushroom to the general public. According to Mr. Jones, besides tasting sinfully good steamed or sauted in butter and garlic, shiitake has many 'bioactive' compounds that either stimulate, boost, supplement or somehow enhance the disease fighting capability of our immune system.
The book, while relatively small (only about 80 pages of text), is very information-dense and overflows with some thirty pages of scientific, pharmaceutical and medical references. As such, Jones has managed to produce a compact and highly informative text. The book itself is divided into seven chapters with one section each for references and a handy index for future consultation. The first two chapters are devoted to the nutritional value of shiitake and its historical medicinal uses. Four individual chapters detail shiitake's anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer, cancer preventing, and anti-viral capabilities. A final chapter elaborates the mushroom's purported ability to alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome.
The first chapter gives information on the nutritional value, cultivation, and history of shiitake. In this chapter the reader learns that shiitake has a long and colorful history in Asia as a culinary and medicinal fungus. The reader also learns that shiitake is high in nutritional value, and that one can cultivate shiitake with ease on a variety of wood and agricultural residues. The second chapter gives the reader a brief review of the medicinal uses of shiitake, both past and present. This chapter elaborates on the surprisingly important role of shiitake in ancient folk medicine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Marie Fritz on March 30, 2009
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Though limited in pages, this is a most comprehensive work on the healing Shiitake shrooms. I recommend it not only for mycologists, but for shroom lovers of any level of knowledge.
Anna Marie Fritz, author of Funny Feline Fotos & other books on Amazon.
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By laurab on December 15, 2010
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This is an older book, but contains concise and still timely information for someone learning about the medicinal mushrooms. The author is very knowledgeable, and it is a good overall presentation of scientific use of Shiitake mushroom. I recommend it for healthcare practitioners and those interested in health.
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