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Malignant illnesses of the bone marrow are brought together under the term leukaemia, which can also be referred to as blood cancer in everyday language. There are various forms of leukaemia, which typically affect different groups of people. Leukaemia is a relatively rare illness, which can be cured in many cases with timely treatment. Expert treatment using conventional medicine is important, and can be complemented with holistic techniques.

Acute leukaemia occurs above all in children and young adults. Symptoms such as exhaustion, pallor, frequent infections and an increased tendency to bleed are clarified with a blood test; a bone marrow puncture brings a definitive answer regarding the precise form of leukaemia (myeloid leukaemia or lymphatic leukaemia).

There are also both forms for chronic leukaemia, which progress more slowly and tend to occur in older adults. As a rule, normal haematopoiesis is disrupted in leukaemia, which brings with it various effects on the organism and particularly weakens the immune system.

Conventional medical treatment depends on which form of leukaemia is present. In most cases, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are recommended. To support the weakened organism, medicinal mushrooms can be used to complement therapy with great success and also then promote the further healing process.

Medicinal mushrooms for leukaemia

When using Shiitake to accompany cancer treatment, noticeable improvements in the blood count and in the general condition have been found. In Japan, Shiitake is used to produce the cancer medication lentinan.

The bioactive components of Reishi include polysaccharides and antioxidants, which are known to protect the cells and regulate haematopoiesis in the bone marrow.

Polyporus has demonstrated its efficacy in leukaemia many times. It also strengthens the lymphatic system, which is placed under particular strain during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

According to studies, Maitake is able to have a generally favourable effect on the progression of cancer. In Japan, this medicinal mushroom is part of the standard medicine for leukaemia. When accompanying cancer treatment, improvements in general condition and in particular haematopoiesis have been ascertained.

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.