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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.

Amongst the most carefully selected, well researched and studies medicinal mushrooms, which are regularly prescribed alongside herbal medicine, the most widely reputed is the Red variety of Reishi (Linn. Ganoderma lucidum), which has been highly valued throughout the ages, since the time of ancient Chinese Emperors, who regarded the species as the very remedy of immortality to be sold for its weight in gold.

All species of Reishi are considered to various degrees to lower stress hormone levels, calm the mind, whilst improving blood flow and the overall cardiovascular system, digestive, endocrine and reproductive health. 

It is also traditionally particularly indicated to support young children's wellbeing and growth.

This is also the mushrooms with the largest body of scientific studies as a co-adjuvant in Oncology: Jin X, Ruiz Beguerie J, Sze DMY, Chan GCF. Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007731. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007731.pub3.)

Following a careful general detoxification of the whole body at the beginning of a treatment plan with only herb, potent therapeutic strategies such as those with medicinal mushrooms are gradually integrated to nourish and tonify the whole immune system.

Mycotherapy may, in fact, begin with supporting and improving digestion, the intestinal microflora, so as to ensure that any form of subclinical or clinical yeast or other fungal imbalance is reduced and in order to prepare the 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,  provided that it is prescribed professionally. Mycotherapy is not suitable in very rare cases of mushroom allergy.

The 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.