Last Modified on Dec 28, 2014
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.
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
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Do mushrooms that we eat cause fungus in our bodies? Thank you
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[YEA] 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!!!
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[YEA] 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.
Hey Lisa.... I was wondering what are your thoughts on Reishi mushroom. I have noticed a lot of positive reviews on line about this product and since I know you know your chinese herbs, I am hoping you can give me some feedback before I purchase. Thank you.