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Skin conditions

With an area of around two square metres, the skin is our largest organ with many important functions. However, skin conditions, from acne to psoriasis, often blight those affected. Sometimes, the skin only reveals things that have become out of sync elsewhere in the organism – whether physical, such as disrupted intestinal flora, or mental. It is not for nothing that the skin is referred to as the mirror of the soul. The treatment of illnesses that are shown on the skin should thus always begin with a thorough investigation of the causes. Only then will the skin be able to heal permanently and radiate health again. Due to hormonal changes, many young people have to cope with acne, i.e. with inflamed sebaceous glands, especially on the face, neck and chest. In many cases, the problem sorts itself out at the latest by 20 years of age. If this is not the case, certain substances in cosmetics or medications and mental pressure such as stress are suspected as causes. It is then a case of finding the specific trigger and, where possible, eliminating it. Neurodermatitis often occurs for the first time at just a few months of age. Extensive areas of skin become red and lead to such severe itching that the children sometimes scratch until they bleed. The result:the wounds become inflamed, the skin is unable to heal, the itching increases even further. There is a great deal of speculation about the causes.

However, it appears certain that an allergic reaction, for instance to foodstuffs, household dust or flower pollen, at least plays a role in the development. Environmental influences, infections and mental factors exacerbate the problem. A further frequent skin disorder is psoriasis, which shows itself with areas of skin that are thickened like armour and covered with silver-white flakes. It has been shown medically that, due to a malfunction in the immune system, certain cells in the epidermis are attacked, which then multiply significantly. This results in the thick flakes.Modern medications are very successful at alleviating the symptoms at least temporarily. However, a cure is difficult and almost impossible without psychological care.

Medicinal mushrooms for skin conditions

Reishi can particularly be used for skin problems caused by allergies. What’s more, it alleviates chronic inflammatory processes on the skin, such as for neurodermatitis, and stimulates the detoxification function.

Agaricus blazei Murill
Good success has been reported for ABM as a complementary therapy for skin cancer. This medicinal mushroom can also help to alleviate psoriasis and acne.

Polyporus umbellatus
Polyporus supports the functions of kidneys and the lymphatic system and, in this way, optimises the detoxification processes of the body, thus relieving pressure on the skin. When taken regularly, Polyporus can improve the complexion over the long term.

Cordyceps above all has a balancing effect on skin problems with a psychological cause and for acne due to hormones. A good effect has also been shown on skin infections.

The anti-inflammatory effect of Auricularia makes this medicinal mushroom a valuable helper for all skin conditions that are associated with inflammatory processes.

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.