Article

Fomitopsis officinalis mushroom: ancient gold mine of functional components and biological activities for modern medicine

Citation

Elkhateeb WA, Daba GM, Elnahas MO & Thomas PW (2020) Fomitopsis officinalis mushroom: ancient gold mine of functional components and biological activities for modern medicine. Egyptian Pharmaceutical Journal, 18 (4), pp. 285-289. https://doi.org/10.4103/epj.epj_46_19

Abstract
Polypore mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis) is a medicinal polypore mushroom containing a host of pharmacologically active compounds that beneficially affect human health. Agarikon is known for its capability of producing various biologically active compounds with medical applications such as antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory agents. This review describes the importance of medicinal mushrooms, with a specific focus on Agarikon as an example of a globally commercialized medicinal mushroom.

Keywords
Agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis); biological activities; medicinal mushrooms; secondary metabolites; traditional medicine

Journal
Egyptian Pharmaceutical Journal: Volume 18, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online28/01/2020
Date accepted by journal16/10/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30844
ISSN1687-4315
eISSN2090-9853