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Ulcerative colitis

Up to 30 diarrhoea-type stools per day, as well as cramp-like abdominal pains and fever – these symptoms clearly show that ulcerative colitis is a very straining illness. The causes of the chronic inflammation that spreads from the rectum to the colon mucosa and mostly occurs for the first time between 20 and 40 years of age, are still largely unclear. Suspicion lies on hereditary predisposition as well as infections, allergies and malfunctions in the immune system.

Typically, the illness progresses in episodes, and ulcers often form in the colon mucosa. As a result, impaired nutrient absorption, weight loss, fatigue and a general mentally unstable psychological condition occur. The diagnosis differentiates between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, a similar illness that however can affect various sections of the digestive tract and is not limited to the colon alone.

Conventional medical treatment general focuses on inflammation reduction using medications. To reduce the increased risk of bowel cancer, surgical removal is so far recommended, particularly for heavily affected sections of the colon. Viewed holistically, professional support for the mind should not be missed; what’s more, switching to a conscious diet and regulating the immune system, for instance with medicinal mushrooms, can make a major contribution to ensuring that the episodes occur more rarely and less severely.

Medicinal mushrooms for ulcerative colitis

Reishi strengthens the immune system, inhibits inflammation and thus significantly contributes to alleviating the typical symptoms. What’s more, it has a generally revitalising effect, which is particularly important for blood loss due to bloody diarrhoea. Reishi also has a gently regulating influence on the mind and relieves pain.

Its soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the gastro-intestinal tract explains the place of this medicinal mushroom as a complementary treatment for ulcerative colitis. Hericium supports the regeneration of damaged mucous membrane and contains antimicrobial substances that can inhibit various pathogenic bacteria in the digestive system. Hericium can also have a positive influence on 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.