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The Truth about the healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

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Healing powers of Medicinal mushrooms.

We think mostly about mushrooms generally for culinary preparations.

When foraging for wild mushrooms it is a recommended being an expert. This in order to identify the poisonous ones from the non-poisonous ones. Surprisingly their appearance looks very much the same.

We know from the experts all mushrooms are classified as the Fungi Kingdom.

mushroom-black forest
mushroom-black forest

Naturopathic doctors (ND) are primary care physicians who blend centuries-old knowledge and the philosophy that nature is the most effective

Advancements by Naturopaths in Mycotherapy knowledge is becoming more and more popular in Europe.

From the experts

Very well-known in France, Professor Alain Tardif is the President of the European of the Academic of Natural Medicine.  He says that the majority of the medicinal community in France, don’t consider the mushrooms as medicinal therapeutic fact.

French have a real love affair in their culinary preparations.  There are approximately three Thousand varieties types of wild fungi, but only a few are edible.

Mushrooms-Falkenstein-
Mushrooms-Falkenstein-

Popularity and use of mushrooms in other parts of the world.

Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine men and women use mushrooms widely in the alternative and complementary treatment of cancer.

Many others Country such as Taiwan, Russia, the United States, Brazil, Germany, give an essential Scientific interest because of the mushroom’s organoleptic merit ( medicinal properties).

While mushrooms contain 1, 3; 1,6 D-glucan a component the most critical bioactive compounds in therapeutic fungi that will help to prevent cancer and protect the immune system.

More information and facts about Fungi.

What species is Fungi?
Fungus, plural Fungi, the word ” fungus “
is a Latin word meaning ” mushrooms “

It exists about 99,000 know species of organisms of this kingdom Fungi, which includes:
The yeast, mildews, molds, and mushrooms. Fungi are living organisms that are distantly related to plant and more associated with animals.

mushrooms-on-a-branch
Mushrooms-on-a-branch

How Are Fungi useful?

  • Molds from Fungi are used to make cheeses like Roquefort, blue cheese and many more…
  • In addition:
  • Scientists use Fungi to make antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.
  • Fungi are useful to humans, because of the economic value they are relatively inexpensive.
  • In nature, they help break down plant fibers such as dead leaves and wood.

 

 

MYCOTHERAPY

What is Mycotherapy?
Defined as the study of the use of extracts and compounds obtained from mushrooms as medicine.

Originates from traditional Chinese Medicine is widespread and now very well-known in Europe

German Naturopath, Sasha Wolff says that medicinal mushrooms are legally sold as a dietary supplement in Germany, and it can be purchased freely from various companies.

Recently Discovered

Many mushrooms species are an excellent source of nutraceuticals anti-oxidants, anti-cancer, prebiotic immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, anti-microbial and anti-diabetic.

Mushrooms are becoming miniature pharmaceutical factories producing hundreds of different constituents with miraculous biological properties.

shiitake mushrooms
                      Shitake mushrooms

HEALTH BENEFITS OF
SHIITAKE

( Lentinula Edodes ) and the Maitake ( Grifola Frondosa )

Are two species with stimulant properties

Used to:

  • Boost the immune system HIV/AIDS
  • Lowering blood cholesterol levels
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Cold and Flu
  • Treating prostate or
  • Breast cancer
  • Has an anti-aging agent
  • Also, used to help for hepatitis B
  • Herpes
  • High blood pressure and
  • Stomach ache

Shiitake mushrooms side effects.
They are no known side effects from eating the usual amount of medicinal mushrooms in our diet.

But eating Shiitake every day, it is probably not recommended because of the fiber component they have.

It might be difficult to digest and could provoke side effects such as the digestive issues. Finally, Shiitake mushroom extracts are generally considered safe.

cordyceps sinensis
cordyceps sinensis
CORDYCEPS SINENSIS

The most well-known species of Cordyceps is Cordyceps Sinensis is described as an exotic medicinal mushroom.

There are approximately 400 species. Originated from Tibet and the Chinese provinces of Sichuan. Used for centuries to treat many health conditions.

Other studies suggest Cordyceps have the potential to improve heart health and furthermore fight inflammation, cancer, diabetes, and anti-aging.

Finally, If you choose to take Cordyceps supplements to be sure that it was tested by a third-party organization for purity and quality.

chaga-mushroom
                        Chaga-mushroom

ChagaCHAGA (Inonotus obliquus)

The health benefits of Chaga are numerous:

Chaga is a mushroom that typically grows on birch trees in a colder climate.

As a matter of fact, Chaga is especially efficient to:   

 Stimulate the immune system

Normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels

According to the results of Studies
The betulinic acid in Chaga can break down LDL cholesterol- (lousy cholesterol) in the bloodstream

Please watch this short video about Chaga mushrooms.  https://youtu.be/alzwMyDgrUg

Can Chaga cure cancer?
Chaga can kill cancer cells. Chaga has a strong immune-enhancing power.
As well as a superfood with vast healing potential.

Always keep in mind that self-treating a health condition with Chaga is to be avoided.

Therefore look for medical advice before taking Chaga.

turkey-tails
         Turkey-tails

Turkey Tail mushroom.

Also, known as Coriolus Versicolor.

This is one of the most well-researched medicinal mushrooms in the world. Because of, is a biological response modifier.

What will be the proper dosage to take?

Based on the existing Scientific Research and the level of purity of the product ( one gram mushroom extract daily ) of Turkey Tail is recommended.

Some people might need less, and some might need more. People below the age of

turkey-tails
       Turkey-tails

thirty-five will need less. (e.g., two capsules daily).

When you are over fifty, it might be necessary for the desired effect to take at least two grams daily.

Remember these facts:

  • The immune function of humans is optimal before the age of thirty-five and declines significantly after fifty.
  • Chinese Medicine uses Turkey Tail mushroom as a tonic for Centuries.
  • And Studies show that it improves survival rates and acts as an immune modulator.
  • With immune stimulating and anti-tumor properties
  • Others Studies show that it can enhance the effect of chemotherapy cancer treatment.
  • And reduce side effects of radiation therapy.

The King of herbs:
Ganoderma Lucidum is the botanical name of Reishi

reishi
                         Reishi mushroom

Researchers demonstrated that Ganoderma Lucidum boots immunity and fights the proliferation of cancer cells.

What do we know about the benefits of reishi mushrooms?

Another key point

People use reishi mushroom for boosting the following:

  • The immune system
  • Viral infection
  • Lung condition Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure                   
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
What are the dosage recommendations?
Typically, the range dosage is from 1,5 to 9 grams per day.
reishi-Lingshi
     Reishi-Lingshi

What are the side effects of reishi?

  • A possible side effect is a slightly increased risk of upset stomach or digestive distress.
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding should probably avoid reishi.
  • More importantly for people undergoing treatment.
  • And for those on maintenance therapies.
  • Reishi mushrooms can reduce the efficacy of immunosuppressive drugs.

Supplement forms include tablets, capsules, teas and liquid extracts.

How do you drink Reishi tea?

  • Take one or two large reishi slices and put them in about a quart of water
  • Let the water boil for at least fifteen minutes.
  • Strain it off and drink it

What does REISHI TASTE?

The taste of Reishi mushroom is quite a bit bitter; some people will say it tastes like tree bark. Reishi mushrooms aren’t famous for their taste.

Sliced Reishi
      Sliced Reishi

Where can I find sliced Reishi mushrooms?

Boletus
          Boletus

Look for dried Top Grade Japan Red Organic Brand
At the local botanical market, or Amazon.

Can you I eat the mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus).?

In reality, it should be avoided eating it.
The mushrooms that we usually eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism.
In nature, mushrooms bloom much as flowers do.

They bloom during certain times of the year when the conditions are just right.

basket-of-chanterelles
      Chanterelles

 

Should I eat raw mushroom?

Important to realize that, raw mushrooms are very indigestible, because of their tough cell walls.
According to the famous well knows Dr. Andrew Weil it is advised that all mushrooms must be cooked.

While raw mushrooms and raw mycelium may pose hazards from harmful pathogens.

Try this delicious recipe with mixed popular mushrooms.

Ingredients:

oyster-mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms
  • One pound of mixed mushrooms of your choice like:
  • Shiitake, Buttons, Ceps or boletus, Oyster, Chanterelle, Morel or Porcini mushrooms.
  • One spoon of olive oil
  • two tablespoons mince chopped garlic
  • one tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • One tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • One juice of a lemon
  • Salt & pepper

Procedure:

  1. Heat the oil

    mushrooms with garlic and parsley
         Mushrooms with garlic and parsley
  • 2- Add mushrooms and thyme
  • 3- Cook, stirring frequently until mushrooms are golden eight minutes
    4- Stir in garlic
    5- Add juice of the lemon
    6- Sprinkle with parsley
    Bon Appetit!

 

Disclaimer
This information I provided to you is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition.
If you have any health problems or are taking any medication, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to any change in your diet.

CONCLUSION.

To summarize we can say that many of the medicinal mushrooms are powerful for preventing and treating cancer.

Medicinal mushrooms are traditionally used in Asian countries to manage and treat different diseases.

On the other hand, edible mushrooms have attracted much interest as a functional food because of their antimutagenic, anti-tumoral, anti-viral, anti-thrombotic properties.

Therefore, don’t hesitate to include fresh mushrooms in your diet, or as supplement forms, including tablets, capsules, teas, and liquid extracts.

Thank you for reading my article.

I would love to hear from you.

Thank you

Jacqueline

 

 

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