Illnesses from A to Z


The most common cause of pain in the joints is osteoarthritis. It is joint wear that does not correspond to the natural ageing process that typically occurs as a result of overexertion and intense continuous stress on the joints and thus occurs frequently in certain professional groups and in competitive sportspeople. Anatomical misalignment, obesity, other bone and joint disorders and a genetic predisposition encourage the development of osteoarthritis, whereby irreversible and excessive wearing of cartilage occurs. What is known as start-up pain is a typical symptom: the pain is greatest at the start of a movement; once you have “got going”, the feeling of stiffness and immobility improves.

Right at the top of the list of joints that are affected by signs of wear to the cartilage structures are the hips and knees, although osteoarthritis is also widespread in the shoulders, hands and fingers, and the joints of the spine. As more cartilage tissue is broken down than new cartilage is created, the buffering effect of the cartilage between the surrounding bones is lost, the nutrient supply to the joint suffers and a painful restructuring process begins for the bony structures. The affected joint gradually becomes stiffer and stiffer.

It is fatal to avoid movement out of a fear of pain as, in this way, the joint has an even worse supply of nutrients and the wearing process is further accelerated. Swimming is quite rightly highly recommended as the joints are moved a great deal here without being exposed to the usual impact loads. What’s more, a strong musculature helps to minimise pressure on the joints. Any excess weight should also be reduced: every kilo less provides noticeable relief.

Medicinal mushrooms for osteoarthritis

Shiitake and Reishi
Although osteoarthritic changes cannot be reversed once they have begun, a great deal can be done to at least slow down or even stop the degradation process. Diet plays a key role, as a diseased joint relies on a good supply of high-quality nutrients. Shiitake and Reishi are thus very helpful as dietary supplements. Both mushrooms are characterised by a high nutrient density and are also rich in many vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The amino acids contained in the mushrooms strengthen the connective tissue and thus prevent the cartilage from degrading further, without producing any adverse effects.  

Maitake has a particularly important positive influence on liver function. For instance, it supports the detoxification processes. This strengthens, among other things, the skeletal muscles, so that pressure is taken off the joints, and also directly brings about an improvement in joint supply.

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.