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Coriolus versicolor

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Yun zhi, turkey tail, coriolus mushroom


Coriolus versicolor is a mushroom. It has been used to fight viruses and stop tumors from forming. It can be taken as a pill or powder.


There are no advised doses for coriolus versicolor.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take coriolus versicolor for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period.


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1. Eliza WL, Fai CK, et al. Efficacy of Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor) on survival in cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2012 Jan;6(1):78-87.

2. Fritz H, Kennedy DA, et al. Polysaccharide K and Coriolus versicolor extracts for lung cancer: a systematic review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2015 May;14(3):201-211.

3. Chay WY, Tham CK, et al. Coriolus versicolor (Yunzhi) Use as Therapy in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients with Poor Liver Function or Who Are Unfit for Standard Therapy. J Altern Complement Med. 2017;23(8):648-652.

Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 6/22/2020