About the Amanita Muscaria Mushroom

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The Amanita Muscaria mushroom is probably the most famous and easily recognisable mushroom in the world.

Widely popularized by Lewis Carrol’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, the mushroom has been used in traditional healing practices for centuries.

 

Early Use

Shamanic tribes across Central and South America have turned to Amanita Muscaria to repair the mind, body, and spirit for over 5,000 years. 

In Northern Europe, Siberian tribes used it in winter solstice ceremonies for its restorative properties. In Vedic Aryan traditions, it was known as “Soma,” meaning “The Divine Mushroom of Immortality,” and known for its relaxing effects.

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The science

The Amanita Muscaria mushroom has 3 main components which activate the nervous system:

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Muscimol

Show to promote sleep by inhibiting the CNS neurotransmitter.

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Muscarine

Potent psychoactive compound which induces hallucinatory effects.

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Ibotonic acid

Shown to treat stress and anxiety, ease muscular pain, promote restorative sleep.

 
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History of medicinal mushrooms

During Greek and Roman times, mushrooms were often used to treat serious physical conditions and illnesses.

Later, during the Renaissance medical revolution, physicians and natural scientists heavily researched the healing properties of mushrooms to isolate their restorative powers and harness them to treat a wide range of physical illness. By the end of the nineteenth century, medical centres across Europe began paying serious attention to the methodology in detoxifying mushrooms to treat and heal psychological and physical problems.

 

Mushrooms, rediscovered

Modern science has rediscovered what the ancients knew long ago – mushrooms can be deep reservoirs of powerful medicines.

Different species of medicinal mushroom have different properties and applications but share basic qualities that restore balance to the body, relax muscles, and repair injuries, at the same time promoting remedial sleep and treating insomnia.

Medical research has already attested to the ability of detoxified medical mushrooms to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and many addictions.

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