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Tumour disorders

Tumour disorders are among the particularly feared illnesses, and, despite continuous development of new treatment strategies, conventional medical success still leaves a lot to be desired. As varied are the ways in which cancer can affect the body, so standardised is the underlying mechanism at a cellular level: as a rule, tumour disorders are a change (degeneration) of body cells that multiply uncontrolled and sometimes also spread to other organs (metastasise). Against the backdrop of this knowledge, it is understandable that medicinal mushrooms can generally be helpful for cancer – regardless of what specific tumour it concerns on an individual basis. It is now assured knowledge that primarily the polysaccharides in medicinal mushrooms activate the immune response and in this way have an inhibiting effect on the formation and growth of tumours. Several medicinal mushrooms are also excellent for prophylaxis and the prevention of recurrence. They verifiably prevent free radicals from damaging cells or, for instance, environmental toxins being converted into carcinogenic metabolic products.

The complementary use of medicinal mushrooms during radiotherapy or chemotherapy is particularly effective. The often drastic side effects such as nausea, weakness, weight loss or hair loss are reduced significantly. What’s more, it is particularly important for cancer patients to strengthen the immune system, which is put under additional strain by the treatment. Many patients are not brought to a standstill by the cancer itself, but by relatively harmless infections, which the body is no longer able to defend against. Besides its immunostimulatory effects, further positive properties of the medicinal mushroom take effect, such as the antibacterial and antiviral effects, the positive influence on blood flow and the inhibition of inflammatory processes.

Mycotherapy recommends the simultaneous consumption of various medicinal mushrooms depending on the individual illness pattern. The mushrooms support each other in terms of their effect. In addition to the medicinal mushrooms stated below, all other medicinal mushrooms can be used as a rule, depending on the tumour type, as each of them is rich in polysaccharides, which activate the immune response and in this way have an inhibiting effect on the growth of tumours. They verifiably prevent free radicals from damaging cells or environmental toxins from being converted into carcinogenic metabolic products.

Some medicinal mushrooms as a complementary tumour treatment and for prophylaxis

Agaricus blazei Murrill
Agaricus blazei Murrill (ABM), which is characterised by an outstandingly high content of polysaccharides, has been used in many clinical studies for various cancers. In many cases, tumour growth was halted, sometimes regression was also observed. When ABM was used as a complementary treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, hair loss, weakness and general health improved for the patients.

When Shiitake preparations are taken 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.

This medicinal mushroom strengthens in particular the defences and helps the organism in this way to overcome severe illnesses such as cancer. The positive effect was observed for various types of tumour. As a complement to cancer treatment, a positive effect of Reishi on the liver, a lower susceptibility towards inflammation, less hair loss and strengthening of general health was observed.

Coriolus can be used supportively for various tumours, although above all for hormone-dependent breast and prostate cancer. For patients also undergoing conventional medical treatment, this medicinal mushroom can regulate the endocrine system and improve haematopoiesis. The polysaccharides PSP and PSK are acquired as cancer medications from Coriolus.

According to studies, Maitake is used with great success for breast, bowel, lung and liver cancer, as well as leukaemia. The medicinal mushroom can reduce the risk of metastasis formation. In Japan, Maitake is a useful aid for many types of cancer that has a positive influence both on physical and mental state.

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.