Illnesses from A to Z


Just as headaches can occur in various forms, the causes also vary. Pressure or stabbing, hammering or throbbing in your head is either an independent illness, such as frequent tension headaches or migraines, or it occurs as a symptom of another illness. This is often the case, for instance, in infections, high blood pressure, eye conditions and metabolic disorders. Toxins such as alcohol or substances from medications can also trigger headaches. A thorough diagnosis is thus important, and a fast medical investigation should particularly take place for a sudden, first-time and especially severe occurrence.

Tension headaches, which are mostly dull and vague, are generally linked to the shoulder and neck musculature being tense and having less blood flow – such as due to spending a lot of time sitting. Mental state also plays an important role. It has now been demonstrated that long-term stress and the failure to resolve conflict situations can lead to tension headaches.

Many migraine patients are under very high psychological strain, as the episodes of extremely severe, generally unilaterally occurring headaches can put them completely out of action. The attacks can be triggered by certain foods, alcohol, medications or drinking too little. Psychological factors and hormonal fluctuations can also play a role. Improving the metabolism and blood flow to the brain can often provide a solution, as can relaxation and correct pain treatment.

Medicinal mushrooms for headaches

Particularly its blood flow-promoting effect makes Reishi valuable in treating tension headaches and migraines. Other components have a relaxing and mentally balancing effect. Many micronutrients and minerals strengthen the organism and simulate the formation of the body’s own messenger substances, which alleviate pain. This mushroom is to be recommended for all chronic pain conditions as a side effect-free, sustainably effective alternative.

Shiitake can also improve microcirculation in the head area and increase cell respiration. In this way, vascular tone is regulated and thus the original functional disorder for migraines combatted.

This medicinal mushroom is particularly recommended for tension headaches, which are often based on insufficient blood flow. Auricularia can also improve the blood flow in the fine capillary structures and thins the blood, which also optimises the blood flow-promoting effect.

Our suggestions about the usage of medicinal mushrooms is no substitute for treatment from a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medications currently being taken or ongoing treatments should not be stopped without first consulting your doctor or alternative practitioner.