Mycotherapy

Mycotherapy employs medicinal mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years in the Oriental systems of medicine. In Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Medicine, medicinal mushrooms species work on physical and energetic meridians pathways and organs. Combined treatment of medicinal mushrooms and herbs makes for greater therapeutic potential.







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At the beginning of a treatment plan only a few herbs maybe prescribed for a few days to a month, in order to help the body to gradually benefit from more potent therapeutic strategies with herbal and medicinal mushrooms. 

Mycotherapy may then begin with supporting digestion, the intestinal microflora and detoxification, so as to ensure that any form of subclinical or clinical yeast or other fungal imbalance is addressed and in order to prepare your whole body for treatment of chronic illness. 

Mycotherapy is generally valuable whenever the immune system needs nourishing and strengthening, so that it complements almost any personalised treatment plan, except for exceptional cases of mushroom allergy, provided that it is prescribed professionally.

The Family Medical Herbalist relies on medicinal mushrooms grown exclusively from ecologically controlled zones. Organic agriculture is especially important for mushrooms, as they have the power to chelate heavy metals as well as toxins from the soil, whereas it is desirable that their chelating power should be dedicated to chelating toxins from the human body.

Many modern scientific studies have proven the efficacy of the traditional use of medicinal mushrooms, particularly in Japanese and Chinese clinical research, particularly in the fields of autoimmune disease, immunonutrition and oncology.

Western medicine benefits from the characteristics of certain type of fungal substances, which are used as antiobiotics such as penicilline. Currently the anticancer benefits of a fungal drug called spirolaxine is being investigated for its ability to inhibit angiogenesis.


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ELENA RENIER, Member of International Mycotherapy Institute (IMI).

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