Medicinal
Mushrooms

Detoxified mushrooms have been widely consumed for their healing and reparative properties for centuries.

During Greek and Roman times, mushrooms were often used to treat serious physical conditions and illnesses. The Greek physician Hippocrates (440 BCE) classified the amadou mushroom (Fomes Fomentarius) as a potent anti-inflammatory and for cauterising wounds. In the second century A.D., Dioscordes wrote a herbal treatise De Materia Medica eliciting the uses of mushrooms to treat a number of illnesses of the lungs, kidneys, spleen and bladder, as well as fevers and pains. Elsewhere, historical medical accounts reveal that Viking Warriors would regularly consume mushrooms before battle in order to energise and strengthen their bodies. Later, during the Renaissance medical revolution, physicians and natural scientists heavily researched the healing properties of mushrooms, in the attempt to isolate their restorative powers and harness them to treat a wide range of physical illnesses.
By the end of the nineteenth century, medical centres across Europe began paying serious attention to the methodology in detoxifying mushrooms in order to treat and heal psychological and physical problems. Warburg’s tincture was a mushroom-based formula used widely throughout the British Empire to successfully treat tuberculosis and malaria. By the early twentieth century, Frederick Vernon Coville, the first director of the US National Arboretum, published a significant scientific treatise demonstrating the scientific benefits of detoxified mushrooms. This would inspire Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin in 1928. The isolated medicinal compound would eventually save over 200 million lives worldwide.
Recently, modern science has rediscovered what the ancients knew long ago – that mushrooms can be deep reservoirs of powerful medicines. Indeed, with the onslaught of naturopathic medicine, clinics across the globe are dedicating medical scientific research into the bio-chemical structure of mushroom species. Fungal polysaccharides (long chains of simple sugars) have been linked to an immune-modulating effect involving the activation of defence cells such as macrophages and the reduction of damaging inflammation. Other compounds (phenolics and terpenoids) possess antioxidant activity and prevent the growth and division of cancer cells. Taken together, the chemical activity o many mushroom species points to a marked anti-pathogenic action coupled with he ability to modulate the human immune response, helping decrease it when it is overactive (such as in cases of allergy or autoimmune conditions), increase it when ti is underachieve (as in chronic debility and fatigue, or recurrent infection), and lastly stimulate it to attack cells that have mutated and are growing out of control (as in cancer).
Different species of medicinal mushroom have different properties and applications, though they all share the basic qualities described above. It has been clinically proven that mushrooms can restore balance to the body, relax the muscles and repair injuries, whilst simultaneously promoting remedial sleep and treating insomnia. The healing properties of medicinal mushrooms are not merely physical but also psychological.

Medical research has already attested to the ability of detoxified medical mushrooms to treat post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a plethora of addictions. For example, Psilocybin, a main chemical compound found in medicinal mushrooms, has been clinically tested by researchers at King’s College London as a successful treatment for depression. More widely, medicinal mushrooms have been shown to promote positive brain and nerve activities, and thus, unsurprisingly, are currently being used to treat strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease as well as traumatic brain injuries.

Hericium erinaceus (commonly known as Lion’s mane) has been widely used therapeutically for its promotion of nerve and brain health. Nerve growth factors have been clinically shown to express themselves through exposure to isolated compounds from the medicinal mushroom. Overall, medical mushroom are currently used to treat asthma and allergies, regulate diabetes, improve brain health and energy levels, promote heart health, boost the immune system and fight cancer. The powerful healing compounds found in medicinal mushrooms are proving to treat an ever expanding list of modern illnesses of the body and the mind.

Clinically tested and medically approved, medicinal mushrooms are being used to treat, repair and nurture mind, body and soul.