Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus
Hericium erinaceus


Hericium erinaceus has been prized for centuries due to its regulating effect on the human body and mind. This mushroom, which grows on the wounds of older or dead standing broad-leaved trees, is also particularly treasured in Asia as a delicacy thanks to its fine flavours. Cultivation began in Shanghai in the 1950s, and the fungus is now also grown in our part of the world. The substances contained have been researched extensively and the nutritional properties have been confirmed scientifically. The mushroom contains all eight of the essential amino acids that humans need.

Applications tested in practice

• Regulation of stomach and bowel problems

Hericium possesses significant potential for action in the digestive system, can soothe, alleviate inflammatory processes and promote regeneration. In gastritis patients, studies have shown that the development of mucous membrane structures improved when Hericium supplements were taken.

• Prevention of tumour disorders, especially stomach, bowel, oesophageal and skin cancer

Defined water-soluble polysaccharides from Hericium exhibit exceptionally anti-carcinogenic and anti-metastatic properties. They increase the activity of macrophages and other immunocytes with regard to cancer cells and appear to be able to limit metastasis formation.

• Complementary therapy for nervous disease

The components of Hericium are able to promote the regeneration of nerve cells and the growth of nerve fibres. This makes the use of this medicinal mushroom particularly interesting for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease und multiple sclerosis.

• Soothing anxieties, uneasiness and sleep disorders

Studies have successfully demonstrated that Hericium can have a positive effect on mental complaints such as depressive moods, sleep disorders, nervousness and stress-related ailments. The natural, healthy balance of the psyche is promoted.

• Modulation of the immune system

The components of Hericium can increase the proliferation of T- and B-lymphocytes. This strengthens the immune system in general and increases the body’s own defences against antigens.

Other names

Lion's mane mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, hedgehog mushroom, satyr's beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, bearded tooth fungus, yamabushitake, houtou


Hericium is spread almost throughout the world and is also native to Europe, but is generally rarely found growing wild.

Special features

According to the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine, Hericium helps to bring the stress and unhealthy lifestyle of the unsettled organism back into a natural, healthy balance.
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.