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Coprinus

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Other names:

  • Czech - hnojník obecný
  • Chinese - jītuǐ gū
  • Latin - Coprinus comatus
  • English - shaggy mane or shaggy ink cap

 

Uses tested in practice:

  • Regulation of blood sugar levels in diabetes (main indication) + Maitake
  • support for metabolism and digestion + Auricularia
  • improving blood circulation + Agaricus, Hericium
  • complementary therapy of sarcomas and hormone-dependent tumours + Agaricus, Reishi, Coriolus , Shiitake

Other motives for using Coprinus:

hypertension, reduces breast cancer cell production, haemorrhoids, inflammation, constipation

TCM characteristics:

  • temperature – neutral
  • taste – sweet
  • tropism - Pi (spleen), Wei (stomach)

Effects according to traditional Chinese medicine:

  • strengthens Qi Pi (spleen) and Wei (stomach)
  • supports Yin Wei (stomach), Shen (kidneys), Fei (lungs)
  • for Re (hotness) from Xu (lack)
 

Brief description

Coprinus (Coprinus comatus) is a mushroom that grows from summer to autumn, especially in open places, i.e. meadows, forests, gardens ... preferring soil rich in nitrogen. It inhabits regions in the northern hemisphere, especially  Europe and North America.
Coprinus is edible, but only the young sporocarps, which are white and closed, later darkened and less tasty or even inedible. It is not recommended to drink alcohol after consuming Coprinus, as it can have effects like antabus, i.e. causes vomiting.
Coprinus can be cultivated artificially, even at home.
Coprinus was first described by the Danish natural scientist O. F. Müllerin in 1780. It was named Agaricus comatus, and later  designated  Coprinus comatus by Ch. H. Persoon in 1797.
Coprinus, like other medicinal mushrooms, has beneficial effectsnaturally derived from its composition, i.e.  the compounds it contains.

 

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