By Kenneth Jones. 5" x 7", 113 pages, paperback. Traditionally classified as a food that activates the blood, Shiitake has been used as a food treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. More recent studies have indicated its usefulness in lowing blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom takes the reader on a lively tour of the healing properties of one of the world's most delicious foods.