Mushrooms

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Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, for their therapeutic properties. In recent years, interest in these mushrooms has grown in the Western world, and scientific research has begun to explore their potential health benefits.

Medicinal mushrooms are a rich source of bioactive compounds, including beta-glucans, polysaccharides, triterpenoids, and phenolic compounds, which are thought to be responsible for their therapeutic effects. These compounds have been shown to have immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties, among others.

MushroomProperties
ReishiImmune system support, stress relief, anti-inflammatory, liver support, antioxidant
ChagaImmune system support, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer
CordycepsEnergy and endurance, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, kidney support
Lion’s ManeBrain and nervous system support, memory and cognitive function, anti-inflammatory
ShiitakeImmune system support, cardiovascular health, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
MaitakeImmune system support, anti-cancer, blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular health
Turkey TailImmune system support, anti-cancer, gut health
Agaricus BlazeiImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
TremellaAnti-aging, skin health, immune system support
BlazeiImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
HericiumBrain and nervous system support, memory and cognitive function, anti-inflammatory
MeshimaImmune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
PoriaImmune system support, anti-inflammatory, gut health
Zhu LingImmune system support, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer
EnokiImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
AgrocybeImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver support
PhellinusImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver support
PolyporusImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver support
Grifola FrondosaImmune system support, anti-cancer, blood sugar regulation
AgarikonImmune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
MatsutakeImmune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
White ButtonImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
Black FungusCardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, immune system support
Cordyceps MilitarisEnergy and endurance, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer
Red ReishiImmune system support, stress relief, anti-inflammatory, liver support, antioxidant
Coriolus VersicolorImmune system support, anti-cancer
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)Brain and nervous system support, memory and cognitive function, anti-inflammatory
Maitake (Grifola frondosa)Immune system support, anti-cancer, blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular health
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)Immune system support, cardiovascular health, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
Tremella fuciformisAnti-aging, skin health, immune system support
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)Immune system support, anti-cancer, gut health
Agaricus subrufescensImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
Grifola UmbellataImmune system support, anti-cancer, blood sugar regulation
Meshima (Phellinus linteus)Immune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
Poria (Wolfiporia extensa)Immune system support, anti-inflammatory, gut health
Agaricus Blazei MurillImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
Agrocybe aegeritaImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver support
Antrodia camphorataImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver
Armillaria melleaImmune system support, anti-cancer
Auricularia auricula-judaeCardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, immune system support
Chroogomphus rutilusAnti-inflammatory, anti-cancer
Clitocybe nudaImmune system support, anti-cancer
Coprinellus disseminatusImmune system support, anti-cancer
Coprinus comatusImmune system support, anti-cancer
Ganoderma applanatumImmune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
Ganoderma lucidumImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health, liver support
Ganoderma neo-japonicumImmune system support, anti-cancer
Ganoderma tsugaeImmune system support, anti-cancer
Grifola frondosaImmune system support, anti-cancer, blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular health
Hypsizygus marmoreusImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
Lepista nudaImmune system support, anti-cancer
Lignosus rhinocerotisImmune system support, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
Lycoperdon pyriformeImmune system support, anti-cancer
Morchella esculentaImmune system support, anti-cancer
Pleurotus eryngiiImmune system support, anti-cancer
Pleurotus ostreatusImmune system support, anti-cancer, cardiovascular health
Polyporus umbellatusImmune system support, anti-cancer, liver support
Sparassis crispaImmune system support, anti-cancer
Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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