Medicinal mushrooms have enjoyed centuries of respect within Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western Medicine is finally beginning to recognize their value, especially with respect to treatment of cancer and in support of immune function. Not all mushrooms are of equal medicinal value, however.
Many mushrooms contain nutraceutical chemicals such as taxol, penicillin, Vitamin D, schizophyllan, and lentinan. These among other organic compounds in mushrooms offer anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and other benefits that can halt the growth of tumors, ramp up the immune system, and balance brain activity among many other benefits.
Regrettably, the sorts of mushrooms you find commonly in most groceries stores are less likely to offer substantial health benefits than more exotic Asian mushrooms, edible and medicinal.
Home Remedies: Common options such as the Chaga, Shiitake, and Reishi mushrooms have been identified to offer anti-viral, antimicrobial, anti-tumor, and glycemic benefits to support the body's immune system, destroy cancerous tumors, and prevent or moderate diabetic conditions.
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09/19/2010: Cvw from Abbotsford, Bc, Canada: "Hi Ted, Thank you for your previous answers. What are your thoughts on ganoderma? Having had issues with yeast and chronic cough for the past year, I am a bit apprehensive about trying it, but am hearing raves from others who have been using it for at least six months, daily. I understand it is from the mushroom family and fungi foods can enhance yeast problems. Am I correct in making that assumption? Big thanks. CVW"Replies
12/11/2010: Lilyelectrolux from Twentynine Palms, Ca, Usa replies: "I don't know about ganoderma, but I do know that mullein flower tea is a very powerful cure for chronic cough and other lung ailments. It grows wild in a lot of places or you can get it at the health food store."
08/23/2011: Maria from Morelia, Mexico replies: "Hello! I would like to say that Ganoderma is a very powerful mushroom and is useful in many cases to improve health. You can find some videos in youtube about people who used to be sick (cancer, asma, etc. )and then got their health back. Bye :)"
08/23/2011: Daniel from Chesaw, Wa. replies: "If you are going to make a tea of mullein flowers, please be very careful with this and do not ingest too much. A cup every other day would be sufficient. It can attack your kidneys if you ingest too much.
12/31/2010: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa: "Do mushrooms that we eat cause fungus in our bodies? Thank you"Replies
01/02/2011: Aginto from Toronto, On replies: "No. Mushrooms are very healthy for you. By "fungus" are you referring to Candida?"
03/01/2011: Mw from Austin, Tx replies: "No, mushrooms do not cause candida in fact some are well known for helping kill candida like Cordyceps. There seems to be some misconception that mushrooms cause fungus. Chinese medicine has used mushrooms for thousands of years to heal."
[YEA] 03/14/2013: Bee from New Orleans, La: "Medicinal mushrooms are great for sinus infections and just about anything to do with your immune system. Took one dose of some my chiropractor sold me about 5 yrs ago and I was able to go from bed ridden to out clubbing that same night with some tiredness of course. Had friends in town so I felt obligated. Even after a night out, no drinking, I thought would at least feel worse from the smoke in the bar but as I woke up, I continually felt better. Now I have been taking two a day for all these years and have not had more than a tingle in my nose and no illnesses.
If I've been working in a smokey place, I use saline spray to help but I have not been sick with anything for all these years. I think it's building my immune system even when I'm in contact with a lot of people.
I recommend taking the blends of at least 5 to 10 or more. Not just one mushroom. I ran into a number of ordering problems between my store and online and was without for a month, also was around smoke again AND found a major mold issue in my new place. So... I got sick. Not nearly as bad as I used to though. I tried to prevent getting sick with Reishi tea, and bought the only blend I could find shitake/maitake but it just wasn't enough and I got a full blown sinus infection. Difference is back in the day I would be in bed unable to walk my dogs even, now I am fine, just unable to do yoga or go to work and I sleep a lot.
I finally got ahold of a medicinal mushroom blend with about 10 or more strains and I'm getting better. Makes me really appreciate how well they were working all these years. Highly recommend them!!!"
[YEA] 01/26/2013: Nicole Ciccarelli from Chicago, Il, USA: "In relation to medicinal mushrooms inquiry. I have found Ganoderma, also known as Reishi or Lingzhi to be extremely beneficial in making me feel more awake, invigorated, inspired and all around energized. I believe medicianl mushrooms have huge healing properties including Cordyceps, Maitake, Shiitake and others. Regarding Candida it's in my opinion that they support proper immune function therefore enabling the body to ward off the yeast and baf fungo and molds in the body.
I have written a post about these mushrooms and also Shilajit in link below.