Can Medicinal Mushrooms Help Me?
Indications for Medicinal Mushroom Use
It has been scientifically determined that medicinal mushrooms can help
- against cancer, leukemia and lymphoma
- reduce the risk of malignancy
- decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood
- lower your blood pressure
- against arteriosclerosis
- against ischemia and other blood disorders
- reduce the risk of heart attack or accelerate recovery after it
- reduce the risk of stroke or accelerate recovery after it
- against other cardiovascular diseases
- reduce the risk of HIV infection or assist in fighting AIDS
- lower the risk of infection with hepatitis A, B, C, … or accelerate recovery
- reduce the risk of infection with herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus and infectious mononucleosis or accelerate the recovery from it
- decrease the risk of infection by influenza and flu virus, including new strains of the virus, or speed up recovery from them
- against diabetes/normalize the level of blood sugar
- to improve health and functioning of the brain and the whole central and peripheral nervous systems
- alleviate and slow down the development of neurodegenerative diseases
- against osteopenia and osteoporosis, as well as some other disorders of the bones and joints
- preserve and strengthen overall immunity
- preserve and strengthen your body’s strength and endurance
- slow down aging
- to increase the quality of life
The most significant sources of scientific data.
- Medicinal fungi and their application
The most comprehensive overview of scientific information on the medicinal effects of fungi from Myko San (author: Ivan Jakopović, PhD).
- Christopher Hobbs: Medicinal mushrooms
A very rich website about natural medicines from mushrooms and plants, by pharmacologist Christopher Hobbs, PhD, an internationally recognized American mycologist and botanist with over 40 years of experience, who has authored more than 20 books – including “Medicinal Mushrooms”, the first scientific monograph on mushroom healing in the West.
- The Pharmacological Potential of Mushrooms
A thorough and systematic overview of the scientific information on antiviral, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antifungal, immunostimulatory and immunomodulatory, antiallergic, antiaterosclerotic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of medicinal mushrooms – whose authors are internationally renowned German university professor of pharmacy Ulrike Lindequist and her associates.
- International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
The most important global scientific journal on healing mushrooms. It has been published since 1999 in New York and more than 70 issues have been published so far with more than thousand articles on the latest scientific research of mushroom healing properties, made by thousands of researchers from around the world, from Japan, China and Korea to USA and Canada.
Here you can find an extensive overview of scientific discoveries on mushroom healing, as well as further search on the properties of the most important types of medicinal mushrooms, as well as information on the effects of the most famous medicinal mushroom substances.
See, for example articles on medicinal mushrooms, on the most important species (eg Shiitake, Ganoderma lucidum, Maitake, Agaricus brasiliensis = subrufescens = blazei, …), and on active compounds (eg lentinan, PSK, PSP)
Please note that since everyone can edit Wikipedia the quality of articles may change dramatically without prior notice–we recommend further research, and not using WP as the only source.
- Google Scholar
You can search scientific articles on the healing potential of mushrooms or mushrooms combinations from journals from all over the world. Search on Google Scholar can be performed according to scientific or English names of certain mushroom species, by scientists’ names or by names of known active compounds from medicinal mushrooms.
- Medicinal Mushrooms: ‘Their therapeutic properties and current medical use with special emphasis on cancer treatments’
An e-book by three distinguished British scientists, including Richard Sullivan, former director of new therapeutic agents and methods research at Cancer Research UK, a huge public corporation.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and their articles on:
Agaricus subrufescens, Phellinus linteus, Ganoderma lucidum, Trametes versicolor and PSK, Grifola frondosa, Inonotus obliquus, Pleurotus ostreatus, Cordyceps, Shiitake, lentinan, AHCC.
Scientific information on the antitumor properties of mushrooms – specifically for the patients and those who care for them, as well as doctors – provided by this largest US oncology center in New York, which has been operating for more than 100 years.
This independent website contains expert information on over 24,000 pharmaceuticals, natural medicines and dietary products for sale as well as natural products, including some from medicinal mushrooms, such as Lentinan.
- Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi, Reishi)
A noncommercial website that contains expert information on medicinal fungus Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi, Reishi), including a list of selected scientific papers on the properties of this mushroom.
- Hobbs, Christopher. Medicinal Mushrooms. Santa Cruz: Botanica Press, 1995 (2002)
The first systematic Western monograph on the use of medicinal mushrooms in traditional Chinese medicine and traditional medicine of the West, most of which shows the results of modern scientific research on the medicinal properties of fungi and the possibility of their application.
- Halpern, Georges M., Miller, Andrew H. Medicinal Mushrooms, New York: M. Evans and Company, 2002.
High quality presentation of scientifically verified effects of the most famous types of medicinal mushrooms from internationally renowned authors – Dr Halpern was a distinguished professor of pharmacy and medicine at Stanford and California in the United States and at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a member of the American Academy of Allergology and Immunology, while A. Miller is one of the most respected American experts for the application of medicinal mushrooms.
- Halpern, Georges M. Healing Mushrooms. New York: Square One Publishers, 2007.
Modified and updated edition.
- Cheung, Peter C.K. (ed.). Mushrooms as Functional Foods. USA/Canada: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
Comprehensive overview of modern chemistry and biology, nutritional and medical value of medicinal mushrooms and their bioactive components, and the potentials for cultivation and use in nutrition and medicine. The authors of specific chapters are leading world experts S. T. Chang, P.C. Cheung, V.E.C. Ooi, S.P. Wasser et al.
- Powell, Martin. Medicinal Mushrooms: A Clinical Guide. Friston (United Kingdom): Mycology Press, 2010.
A quick guide to the vast field of scientific information on the healing effects of nearly 20 species of medicinal mushrooms and the possibilities for their practical use, with high quality lists of a series of scientific papers on each of the presented fungi. The author is a British biochemist and an internationally recognized expert for medicinal mushrooms with over 25 years of experience, who was a co-editor of the Clinical Journal of Mycology from 1997 to 2009.
Conferences and Congresses
- International Medicinal Mushroom Conference 1-9 (2001 – 2017) – Abstract books and collections of scientific papers presented at these biennial world conferences.
- The oldest international association of mycologists ‘International Society for Mushroom Science’ organized 19 international scientific congresses (1950 – 2016). Proceedings of scientific papers presented at these world congresses are available for purchase.
- International Scientific Conference on Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products 1-8 (1993-2014) – Abstracts and Proceedings of Scientific Papers presented at these world conferences.