Medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms

What can they do for you?

Medicinal mushrooms have been used as an essential aspect of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There is increasingly more and more scientific evidence to support this use. At Brighton Apothecary we have recently started stocking a range of medicinal mushroom products produced by Myco Nutri to complement our herbal remedies. The polysaccharides (complex sugars) in some medicinal mushrooms have a potent effect on the immune system and have been found to have anti-tumour activity in clinical trials. Below is information on a few commonly used mushrooms, which we have researched from Martin Powell’s book “Medicinal Mushrooms: A clinical guide”.

Reishi is known as the mushroom of immortality or spirit mushroom due to its benefits for overall health. It has a long traditional use in cancer, but is also used for allergies, liver support, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and insomnia/anxiety. As reishi mushrooms have shown anti-thrombotic effects, caution should be taken by anyone on anti-coagulant medication.

Cordyceps has been traditionally used for the elderly or those recovering from long illness to boost energy. It has been shown in studies to improve athletic performance, fertility and diabetes, as well as providing liver, lung and kidney support. Caution should be taken by those with hormone dependent cancers and immune deficient conditions due to its effects on oestrogen, testosterone and the immune system.

Lion’s Mane is also known as nature’s nutrient for the neurones and has been found to be useful in dementia, MS, nerve damage/neuropathy, anxiety/depression and menopausal syndrome.

Reishi-curcuminThis combination product formulated for its anti-inflammatory effect contains Reishi mushrooms, turmeric, boswellia and devil’s claw. All of which help to limit and counter inflammation, which is a major contributing factor in many chronic illnesses.

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