1. Healing Mushrooms

    Agaricus blazei Murill

    Agaricus blazei is one of the most exciting medicinal mushrooms. In Brazil, it is called Cogumelo de Deus (mushroom of God) or Cogumelo da Vida (mushroom of life). In the mountainous regions of southeastern Brazil (in Piedade and its environs) people ate the mushroom regularly, and they lived longer than average. Medicinal actions of Agaricus blazei include counteracting and preventing tumors, fighting viruses, lowering cholesterol, regulating blood sugar levels, and enhancing the immune system. The mushroom’s extract posit ..
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    Cordyceps sinensis

    The mushroom is called Caterpillar fungus, because it resembles a caterpillar and it grows as a parasite on the mummified caterpillars’ body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps has beneficial effects on liver, lungs and the kidneys. Modern science has proved these hypotheses to be true. Nowadays the mushroom is used to treat liver diseases (hepatitis and cirrhosis), asthma, chronic bronchitis, tubercolosis and acute kidney failure. Clinical studies have shown that Cordyceps can increase the amount of HDL c ..
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    Ganoderma lucidum

    The mushroom is also called reishi and ling zhi, the two names mean „spirit plant”. In China, it has been consumed for two thousand years as antiaging herb (another name of reishi: the mushroom of immortality), and it was believed to improve mind and memory. It is said to be a supreme shen tonic having beneficial effect on stress, insomnia, heart palpitation and excessive mental activity. Modern research projects support the positive health effects of reishi on various diseases including problems of the cardiovascular syste ..
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    Grifola frondosa

    The well known name of the mushroom is maitake, which means in Japanese „dancing mushroom”, because the mushroom resembles a cloud of dancing butterflies. In other account, the mushroom got its name, because it was rare and very expensive, so people danced with joy when they found maitake in the forest. Maitake excels in reducing high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. It is very important that in the case of maitake-fed mice, the LDL cholesterol levels decrease, but levels of HDL cholesterol remained the same. ..
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    Herícium erinaceus

    In the English speaking world it is called Lions’ Mane. This unusual and interesting name comes from the mushroom’s beautiful white spines, which resemble really a lion’s mane. Scientific studies confirm Lion’s Mane traditional use as a tonic for the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Numerous experiments demonstrated that the mushroom can be used as a remedy for gastric and duodenal ulcers and chronic gastritis. Polysaccharides from the fruit-body of the mushroom can help against stomach, esophageal, and skin cance ..
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    Inonotus obliquus

    The mushroom is widely known as Chaga. In Russia, it has been used for at least three hundred years as a treatment for cancers, including breast, pulmonary, skin, rectal and stomach cancer, as well as for other gastric ailments. The Khanty people, native to part of western Siberia, continue to use a tea made from Chaga to treat tubercolosis, stomachache, and diseases of stomach, liver and heart. Chaga also has been used traditionally for general pain relief and to address inflammation. In 1955, Chaga was approved for the tr ..
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    Shiitake (Lentinus edodes)

    The name shiitake comes from the Japanese word shita referring to the chestnut tree on which the mushroom commonly grows. In China, it is known as Shaingugu, which means „fragrant mushroom”. In traditional Chinese medicine shiitake is recommended to activate blood flow, boost qi or chi (life energy that animates the body and connects it to the living cosmos), and prevent or treat bronchial inflammation, colds, flu, atherosclerosis and cancer. Modern scientific research supports shiitake’s medicinal properties. Clinical stu ..