Throughout history, several species of mushrooms have been used to treat diseases.
Did you know that the Ganoderma lucidum species has been used for over 4,000 years to treat liver pathologies, hypertension, arthritis, and the relief of flu symptoms? On the other hand, Grifola frondosa has been used, for example, in the treatment of hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal diseases and as a sedative.
In recent years, the use of mycotherapy in health, strongly rooted in the Traditional Chinese Medicine, is being corroborated by the numerous research and published scientific articles, with a considerable increase of its recognition and importance in the Western culture.
Mycotherapy focuses on two fundamental topics: the individual as a whole – not focusing solely on the disease – and the aim to identify and eliminate the underlying causes, rather than treating only the symptoms.
Particular interest is given to the polysaccharides that are part of the cell wall of the medicinal mushroom, due to their recognized immunomodulatory activity. Thus, they are considered biological response modifiers (BRM), with both a preventive effect, at a carcinogenic level, and anticancer effect.
Since the human body is exposed to numerous stressors on a daily basis, such as food additives, environmental toxins, psychological stress and physical fatigue, there has been an increased adherence to Mycotherapy, allowing people to strengthen their immune and cardiovascular systems, among many other beneficial effects.