HistoryAuricularia polytricha is one of the oldest edible fungi and has been grown in China for around 1500 years. The distinctive-looking mushroom grows worldwide and favours old elder wood in particular. Its English name of Jew’s ear originates from a Christian legend that states that Judas hanged himself from an elder tree and ear-shaped mushrooms grew on the tree’s trunk. Auricularia has been used for healing purposes for centuries, both in China and in Europe. It is mainly used to strengthen blood vessels and the cardiovascular system.
Applications tested in practice• Promotion of blood flow and regulation of the blood pressure
Many studies have been able to show that Auricularia can inhibit blood clotting and thus improve the flow properties of the blood – an effect that is particularly of benefit for blood vessels that are already damaged such as arteriosclerosis, as well as high blood pressure.
• Reduction in blood clotting, thus a preventative effect against heart attacks, strokes and thrombosis
Thanks to its anticoagulant effect, Auricularia is used to improve blood flow. Good treatment results have been reported by administering Auricularia substitution, particularly with regard to reducing the risk of a stroke or heart attack and for circulatory problems.
• Boosting the body’s own defences
There are indications that Auricularia possesses immunomodulating properties. A specific protein has been described which was shown to improve the production of immunocytes. The medicinal mushroom appears to be particularly well-suited to boosting the immunological parameters for tumours.
• Support of healing for skin and eye inflammation
One positive effect of the beta-D-glucans contained is the anti-inflammatory effect on skin, mucous membrane and eye conditions. The medicinal mushroom appears able to halt infectious processes and accelerate the healing of inflammation.
Other namesJew’s ear, black Chinese fungus, wood fungus, Mu Err
Auricularia is spread almost throughout the world and can also be found growing wild in Germany.
Special featuresIn contrast to chemical, pharmaceutical blood thinners, Auricularia can improve the flow properties of the blood without attacking the vessel walls.
The information on this page is of a general nature. It does not represent any advice for individual cases regarding the use of the individual medicinal mushrooms and is also unable to replace such advice. Please always discuss the consumption of medicinal mushrooms for preventative or therapeutic purposes with your treating doctor or alternative practitioner.