As we all know, there have been natural and homeopathic treatments to help cure a variety of illnesses and diseases for thousands of years. Some of these methods have been in use since ancient times. There is no doubt that there are many things occurring in nature that can be utilized for the betterment of human health.
Even though we’ve come so far to be where we are now in terms of medical science and the development of medicine, it’s becoming more and more popular to turn back the clock to traditional homeopathic remedies we’ve been using for so long. Many popular treatments have to do with the consumption of “ super foods” and spices like honey, garlic, ginger, turmeric and much more. One of the most powerful medicinal foods we have mushrooms. Some of the most potent and powerful mushrooms in this regard include the reishi, chaga, turkey tail, cordyceps and even psilocybin mushroom species.
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for hundreds or even thousands of years to cure many diseases. One of the mushroom’s most outstanding abilities is it’s capacity to treat cancer. When you hear that for the first time, the words cancer and mushroom in the same sentence, it may seem a bit confusing, to say the least. Cancer has become a disease which is sadly quite common in all of its forms and kills millions of people around the world every year. Cancer cells are actually present in every human being’s body, and when a person acquires this disease, it means the cancer cells have multiplied to the extent in the body that becomes malignant and can sometimes be fatal, shutting down key organs.
To explain the concept of medicinal mushrooms and cancer, let us first look at what medicinal mushrooms actually are. Medicinal mushrooms or medicinal fungi are mushrooms/fungi that naturally produce certain metabolites that have antibiotic and anti-cancerous properties. In addition to that, these medicinal fungi metabolites are also cholesterol inhibitors, immunomodulators as well as psychotropic drugs. Although many medicinal mushrooms produce these metabolites naturally, many times these metabolites can be bio-engineered as well.
The use of medicinal mushrooms is now very well known and important in the natural treatment of many diseases, especially cancer. Basically, the ability of various kinds of fungi to synthesize mitotic inhibitors like vinblastine, vincristine, podophyllotoxin, oxaline, oxaline, griseofulvin, Aur anti amine among others is how it treats the big C.
Although medicinal mushrooms have been in use for ages for their immune boosting qualities, these fungi are now often enhanced and standardized to make sure they deliver maximum potency. In many parts of the world, combining medicinal mushrooms with traditional cancer treatment methods like chemotherapy is commonplace, and a lot of work is being done on it to enhance and grow this methodology even more. While consuming these mushrooms who can provide some benefits, the mushroom’s are often extracted using a hot water extraction process to improve potency. This makes them more effective against cancer and also at modulating the immune response.
For centuries, especially in various parts of Asia, mushrooms like lenticular edodes (shiitake), Ganoderma lucidum (mannentake), Grifola frondosa (maitake) and Cordyceps have been in use for treating cancer and for boosting the immune system when it is compromised (like during chemo) when it may be battling various diseases.
There are many natural substances and plants that have become famous for their ‘magical’ disease-curing properties, but perhaps none more than the mushroom. Although many natural ingredients have certain characteristics that improve health and cure diseases, their effectiveness is often nominal. In the case of medicinal mushrooms, however, scientific evidence has shown that they are far more than just an alternative medicine fad. There is a growing body of evidence beyond countless anecdotal reports of medicine mushrooms helping to shrink tumors and improve the health of those going through cancer treatment.
There are also a vast number of mushroom species that are known to have healing properties when it comes to improving immune health and treating disease. Ganoderma Reishi mushroom (the mushroom of immortality) is also one example. Being one of the great longevity tonics for ages now, this mushroom is often used for treating cancer, one of the most common killers in this modern day and age. Besides its link with cancer, the mushroom of immortality has been known to have a lot of other health benefits as well.
Another one of these mushrooms is the Shitake (Lentinula edodes), which is the black forest tree mushroom. This mushroom is also called the fragrant mushroom because of its noticeable fragrance. Due to its immune-enhancing functions, this particular mushroom has been used around the world for quite some time to treat a variety of ailments. In Japan, it is used as an alternative for the treatment of cancer as well.
In addition to the medicinal benefits of mushrooms, treatment is very easy to follow through with when compared to invasive treatments like chemo. Mushrooms can not only be taken as a supplement, but can be quite delicious to consume as part of a meal, and there are tons of different ways you can prepare them. From being powdered and placed into a tiny capsule of brewing teas with this fungi, the different methods for utilizing these mushrooms are easy on the patient and the effects are extremely beneficial.
While many of us may be comfortable with the current and typical treatment of cancer, it’s a fact that the process can be excruciating for those going through it. Mushrooms provide a more natural and easier to tolerate way to treat cancer and maintain immune health, especially when used in combination with more traditional forms of western medicine. Medicinal mushrooms have been tried and true for thousands of years and have shown no sign of slowing down in today’s modern world.