Coprinus Comatus

The Coprinus is also known as Shaggy Ink Cap.

It belongs to the family of champignon mushrooms.

The Coprinus can be found throughout Europe in forests and on meadows. The young mushrooms are exceptionally popular, owing to their delicate consistency and mild and excellent aroma.

Due to its particular form and brilliant white colour, the Coprinus can be distinguished easily from other mushrooms and is therefore often gathered by hikers and hunters.

The Coprinus is characterised not only by a special taste, but also especially by its rich content of nutrients and vital substances.

However, this mushroom also has a unique “self-destruction mechanism”. The fresh Coprinus should therefore be eaten at the latest within a day of harvesting. Older samples are no longer edible, as they dissolve into an inky liquid, hence the name Shaggy Ink Cap.

Shaggy mane – Its blood sugar-lowering effects make it most effective in the treatment of diabetes.

Coprinus is able to impressively increase the body’s insulin release. Its blood sugar-lowering properties are used in the treatment of type I and type II diabetes.

For diabetics Coprinus has been found to lower the blood sugar level to the same extent as conventional medicines do - however, without stressing the organism.

The mushroom’s antidiabetic properties derive from its vanadium content: peripherally, the insulin target cells are sensitised while insulin-producing ß-cells are protected and regenerated in the pancreas.


Coprinus not only lowers the blood sugar level but also the HbA1c (glyco-haemoglobin) value that indicates the blood sugar level for the previous two to three months.


It has been observed that, through the regulation of glucose metabolism, weight gain (by unchanged energy intake) can be stopped.

Chinese scientists have experimentally demonstrated an inhibition of the growth of malicious tumours in connective and supportive tissue.


Traditional Far Eastern folk medicine administers Coprinus as a digestive for constipation and to treat haemorrhoids.

Verified effects of Coprinus from research

    • slight decrease of the blood glucose level even 10 hours after consumption; significant reduction after 11 days

    • improved glucose tolerance

    • inhibits weight gain

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • promotes digestion

    • counteracts haemorrhoids