Mushroom Controls Cancer?

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A mushroom.
Photo by David Hepworth.

It’s not a secret. Mushrooms are part of diet or nutrition which are not only delicious and various but also nutritious and important in our daily life.

Just imagine a bowl of cheesy mushroom soup with crouton or mixed with delicious and creamy cereals. Tempting!

Its legendary effects as herbal remedy now grab the attention of Western scientists to do research by research on mushrooms.

Mushrooms have been practiced in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine since thousands of years ago.

In Asia, common mushrooms are used to relieve pain and treat illnesses such as arthritis.

coriolus versicolor
Coriolus versicolor

So it is not surprising if mushroom species which is often classified as in the same class as fruits and vegetables will appear in its own class in natural healing.

Martin Powell, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, shares his knowledge how the ‘magical touch’ of mushrooms as he claims, can be use to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment.

According to him, mushrooms have unique benefits for those who undergo conventional cancer treatment because they are safe to be use with modern medications.

There are many herbal medications which were not accepted by doctors because of the possibilities of interaction with drugs, but the mushrooms is regarded safe and have been used by doctors as additional treatment in the West.

“Coriolus versicolor is the most studied to support its usage on cancer and been used for cancer therapy in Japan and China. At late 1980s, sales of Coriolus in Japan is estimated at USD600 million,” said Powell.

Powell is also a biochemist skilled in Chinese medicine when he furthered his study in the area at London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China.

Cordyceps sinensis
Cordyceps sinensis

Powell stated, two extracts from Coriolus versicolor were tested profoundly in Japan and China and found can increase the lifespan of breast, lung, stomach, intestine and nasopharyngeal cancer’s patient.

“This mushroom now is used widely to support the body immune system in controlling cancer. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment will weaken the body immune system and taking this mushroom helps the treatment effectiveness, reduces side effects and supports the immune system.”

Cancer Relapse

“Continuous ingestion after treatment helps to prevent cancer from returning. Beside, it also used in several chronic virus infection problems,” said Powell.

In Western medic, when they assess certain diseases, they do not look at the person as a whole though it is important especially for diseases at acute stage.

Powell is drawn by how Chinese do their evaluation on health and diseases.

“It have connection with ‘yin and yang’, the seven emotions. For instance heart is happiness, spleen is anxiety, kidney is fear, liver is anger and lung is sadness. While the concept of balance and harmonization is also considered as a thing that must be achieved in life,” he explained.

The most used mushrooms are Coriolus, Cordyceps sinensis and Reishi (Lingzhi).

Lingzhi is used widely to treat rhinitis because it has characteristic of antihistamine, anti-inflammation and immune modulator substance.

It helps those who low in energy and men with low sexual function.

Reishi Lingzhi Ganoderma
Reishi/Lingzhi/Ganoderma

He said, “I will take Coriolus when I catch a cold, when traveling and when I’m feeling stressful. Taking vitamin C and Coriolus helps to avoid infection. In cancer problems such as breast cancer, stomach cancer, intestine cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer and leukemia, taking it (Coriolus) is able to help support the immune system.”

“In UK, some veterinarians give Coriolus the cats and dogs that have cancer at late stage and it helps to increase their appetite and quality of life of the pets.”

Research has shown that Shitake, Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps sinensis and Coriolus versicolor are antitumors.

Maitake, Coriolus and Reishi also are anti inflammation while Coriolus and Reishi are beneficial to protect the liver.

Powell explained, “Coriolus and Reishi have hypoglycemic substance (reducing the sugar level in blood) while Cordyceps has steroidal activity.

“This mushroom contains long chain polysaccharide, beta-glucans and proteoglycan and enzymes to avoid oxidative pressure, stop uncontrolled cell growth and stimulate detoxification.”

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