Tiger Milk MushroomINTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TIGER MILK MUSHROOM
What is Tiger Milk Mushroom?
Also known as “cendawan susu rimau” in Malay, the Tiger Milk Mushroom is essentially one of the
most valuable fungus discovered and documented in the early 20th century.
Often found solitary in the wild, the Tiger Milk Mushroom is regarded as a national treasure due to
its scarcity and potent remedial properties. Apart from Malaysia, the Tiger Milk Mushroom can also
be located in specific places from countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, South China,
Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia.
Although there may be a few species that can be associated to the Tiger Milk Mushroom, but in
Malaysia, the species most commonly found is known as Lignosus rhinocerotis. The Lignosus
rhinocerotis is known share the same family as other valuable fungus such as the Lingzhi and
How did Tiger Milk Mushroom get its name?
As how folklore depicted, the Tiger Milk Mushroom can only grow on the very spot where a
tigress’s milk trickle while nursing its cub and nowhere else. True to its given name, the most
precious part of the fungus, the sclerotium, indeed resembles a white chunk of coagulated milk.
Owing to its rarity and difficulty in collection, the Tiger Milk Mushroom is often associated with
many traditional beliefs and rituals whereby it is used as offerings related to good harvest and safe
Traditional uses of Tiger Milk Mushroom
In Peninsular Malaysia, the indigenous community often use it for various ailments such as
asthma, cough, food poisoning, swollen breast, joint pain, liver illness, oedema and even cancer.
Today, even some alternative medical practitioner will swear by it as a tonic to enhance the vitality,
energy and alertness of the body. Local traditional practitioners have included the Tiger Milk
Mushroom as the remedy for leukemia, cervical cancer, intestinal ulcer and even kidney diseases.
Not only that, it was recorded that Tiger Milk Mushroom sclerotium was also prescribed to new
mothers during postpartum recovery.
How Tiger Milk Mushroom is traditionally prepared?
Usually only the sclerotium of the fungus is used for medicinal purposes.
It can be pounded to obtain the juice which is then infused with water to be consumed as a tonic
Some traditional healer will prefer to slice or ground the sclerotium before boiling with water and
drunk as medicine.
Some simply just chew it with betel leaves to relieve cough and sore throat.
In TCM, this fungus is soaked in Chinese wine for topical uses.
WHY IS TIGER MILK MUSHROOM SO VALUABLE???
Before going further into its health benefit, we ought to know that Tiger Milk Mushroom is
proven to be 100% safe by various studies!
Yes it’s true!
Consumption of the Tiger Milk Mushroom is shown to have no side effect to our body cells even after a period of time.
This national treasure does not disrupt the normal functions of our vital organs such as kidney, liver, lungs, brain and
heart when taken for a long time.
Not only that, the Tiger Milk Mushroom, according to the research does not pose any danger to the development of
the embryo and foetus. Hence it can be considered safe if pregnant mothers are keen to consume it as a tonic.
However, moderation is always the key!
Now let’s take a look on how Tiger Milk Mushroom benefits your health!
ANTI CANCER PROPERTIES
Packed with antioxidants such as phenols, terpenoids, flavonoids, special compounds such as tannins, beta-glucans
as well as unique super nutrients containing carbohydrate-protein complexes, the Tiger Milk Mushroom is potent in
causing death to cancer cells via apoptosis.
Studies show that the Tiger Milk Mushroom can halt the proliferation of various cancer cells such as the human breast
carcinoma cells, lung cancer cells, colorectal cancer cells, cervical cancer cells leukemia cells. This fungus stops
cancer cells from increasing in number.
It can also inhibit tumour growth even when they’ve formed solid masses.
PREVENT ALLERGIC ASTHMA
With Allergic Asthma affecting up to 300 million people worldwide, much has been spent on drugs and medication to
help ease this problem. However, these drugs are known to have other side implications.
With the help of the linoleic acid content, Tiger Milk Mushroom is found to have remedial properties towards this
disease. The linoleic acid helps to reduce eosinophil (a type of white blood cell) in lung, Immunoglobulin E (a type of
antibody) and cytokine which flares to cause an allergic reaction for asthma sufferers.
Hence, this can curb effects such as breathing difficulty, airway obstruction and excess mucous build-up due to
Tiger Milk Mushroom indeed is a good recommendation as an alternative medicine to alleviate allergic asthma.
COMBAT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
The specific protease enzyme in Tiger Milk Mushroom can prevent cardiovascular disease due to thrombosis in the
blood vessels. Such occurrence can be due to piling up of fibrin (a type of insoluble protein) in the blood.
Thanks to this special protease enzyme, the Tiger Milk Mushroom has the anti-coagulant property to prevent
formation of clots in the blood vessel which in turn impedes blood flow to the heart and hence leads to heart diseases.
The Tiger Milk Mushroom is tested to have antibacterial, antifungal and even antivirus properties.
Due to its active biocomponents and phytochemicals such as flavonoids, protein, gum and mucilage, alkaloids,
activities of various pathogen can be stopped. This is especially beneficial to aid in any wound healing process. The
Tiger Milk Mushroom can keep pathogens from infecting a wound and promote healthy wound healing.
Some studies also showed that the protein compounds in Tiger Milk Mushroom has the ability to stop activities of
Human papillomavirus HPV, the leading cause to cervical cancer.
Not only that, the polisaccharides in Tiger Milk Mushroom was also found out to stop dengue viral action.
Tiger Milk Mushroom is also able to help reduce fat tissue weight due to high fat diet which build up around the liver.
This in turn can stop fatty liver from occurring and thus protects the liver.
Fatty liver can cause liver inflammation. When such conditions turn more chronic, it brings liver cirrhosis and liver
cancer into the picture!
PROMOTE NEURITE OUTGROWTH
The Tiger Milk Mushroom may be another alternative remedy to help Alzheimer patients.
Research shows that utilization of Tiger Milk Mushroom can help with neurite outgrowth whereby the more projections
are developed by nerve cells. This in turn can help connect to more nerve cells, brain cells or even spinal cord cells.
Not only that, the Tiger Milk Mushroom was also proven to help promote regeneration of neurons!
Long term usage of Tiger Milk Mushroom pose no adverse effects on the brain and spinal cord. In fact, is was stated
that this fungus play a crucial role in recovery of the peripheral nerve injuries.
WITH ALL THE BENEFITS LISTED, IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT THE TIGER MILK MUSHROOM IS DEEMED
THE NATIONAL TREASURE!