Therapeutic use of medicinal mushrooms in MEDICIPLANT
Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. Although structurally they are more similar to members of the plant kingdom, metabollicaly they are closer to animals.
Similarly to plants, fungi produce secondary metabolites to defend themselves from bacteria, viruses and other external agents. For example, fungi produce penicillin to be able to combat stress. Humans were able to then extract this compound and use it to defend themselves from bacteria. Mushrooms possess a rigid cell wall formed mostly of polysaccharide chains (composed by mainly glucose joined by beta linkages). These polysaccharides have an important impact on immune system modulation – this makes sense, since they form an integral part of the mushroom cell wall, protecting the mushroom, which helps explain their broad immunomodulatory and anti-tumour activity in humans- in other terms, prtotecting us as well.
It is very likely that most of classical mushrooms (fungi with spore containing fruiting body belonging to the class Basidiomycota) contain pharmacologically active polysaccharides. There are polysaccharides from over 650 mushroom species with anti-tumour activity.
Medicinal mushrooms have proven to be effective or have helped in some way in the following conditions:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
- Cancer (please click to know more about the research evidence)
- Cardiovascular support
- CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome)
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Fluid retention
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Meniere’s Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Nerve Damage
If you suffer from any of these conditions and you want to get in touch, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reishi – Ganoderma lucidum Enokitake – Flammulina velutipes
– Powell, M., (2010). Medicinal Mushrooms. A Clinical Guide.
– Reshetkinov and Tan, (2001). Higher Basidiomycota as a source of antitumor and immuno-stimulating polysaccharides (Review). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms.
– Stamets, P., (2003). Potentiaton of cell-mediated host defense using fruitbodies and mycelia of medicinal mushrooms. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms.