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How the healing fungi can help

From: 21.06.2019 10:40 am

Medicinal fungi such as Reishi, Fu Ling or Cordyceps sinensis are used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for about 5000 years. Some should strengthen the immune system while others reduce blood sugar. Clinical studies of the efficacy and risks of medicinal mushrooms are not yet available in Europe. But non-medical experts report on good experiences with rarely used healing mushrooms in this country.

Treat fungi like beer and powder

The old recipes of Chinese medicine are compiled according to individual learning for each patient. Medicinal fungi are used, for example, as beans. It is a statement of plant, mineral or animal substrates that are intended to improve the general condition. Gastrointestinal problems can also be respiratory problems and allergies with healing mushrooms. treat. For powders ready for use, it is important that the active ingredient content is accurate and that mushrooms are not contaminated with poisonous heavy metals such as cadmium or mercury. Therefore, consumers should only buy products from trusted sources.

Healing fungi in cancer therapy

Many doctors are skeptical of healing mushrooms. However, some doctors, along with traditional medical therapy, use fungi, for example, when cancer patients tolerate chemotherapy poorly. Naturopathic therapies such as the use of medicinal mushrooms are ideally used between therapeutic cycles or after body stabilization therapy without weakening the effect of chemotherapy on the tumor.

Medicinal fungi in medicine

Cordycepin kills cancer cells

In order to better utilize the healing power of tumor fungi, scientists are currently trying to isolate active mushroom ingredients. They focus on mushrooms Reishi, Fu Ling and Cordyceps sinensis. A particularly active ingredient Cordyceps sinensis from Cordyceps can kill tumor cells, at least in the tubes. There Cordycepin works particularly well on leukemia, breast cancer and prostate cancer cells, destroying their cytoskeleton. Isolated active ingredients are still not available. What is the healing power of mushrooms should be further explored. This also refers to the fundamental question whether the results from cell cultures can be transmitted to humans.

Experts on this topic

Christina Bülow-Sartori, Alternative Practitioner
Integrative Medicine Practice and Naturopathy
Klasingstraße 11, 49808 Lingen

Dr. Hans Lampe, a specialist in internal medicine, hematology and oncology
Focus on complementary medicine
Clinic III, Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine
Center for Internal Medicine
Rostock Medical Center
Ernst-Heydemann-Straße 6, 18057 Rostock

Prof. Thomas Efferth, Ph.D. Chair of Pharmacy Biology
Institute for Pharmacy and Biochemistry
Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz
Staudingerweg 5, 55128 Mainz

Additional information
Society for Medicinal Mushrooms e. V.
Parkstraße 14, 86462 Langweid-Foret

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