Mushrooms are Nature’s Ancient
-by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Mushrooms are accepted as culinary delights that are mixed in certain dishes or used as toppings on pizzas. But
their tonic and healing qualities are unknown to most in the West. For centuries, Asian, especially Chinese, and Eastern European cultures have used various mushrooms as tonics for improving health
and medicinally for curing a wide variety of diseases.
Traditional use of mushrooms for health involve boiling them in water. However, extracts and powders are available
from various sources, usually online, but some locations may have Chinese specialty or herbal stores that feature mushroom extracts and powders, sometimes encapsulated, as well. Sometimes you may
even find whole medicinal mushrooms in specialty shops.
The comprehensive guide by Robert Rogers, The Fungal Pharmacy, lists
over 270 species of fungi with known medicinal properties, including antioxidant, blood pressure lowering, cholesterol reducing, liver protection, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and
immune modulating properties.
Some have anti-cancer properties sufficient for healing with other natural modalities or ameliorating the adverse
effects of harsh orthodox oncology treatments. Although some medicinal mushrooms can be eaten fresh, their medicinal qualities are unleashed fully by hot water (teas) or alcohol (food grade) tincture
Mushrooms tend to be adaptogenic, meaning they adjust the necessary immune responses according to what is needed.
They are intelligent and work with the body’s innate intelligence. It doesn’t get any more natural than that.
The essence of mushroom nutrition is mycelium, a filamentous cobweb-like cellular intelligent biological network of
enzymes that created the cellular foundation of all food some 2 billion years ago.
This article will list five well known medicinal herbs as examples of their healing power, leaving it to the reader
to research for others as well as more in depth of those mentioned here.