Medicinal Mushroom Cordyceps Fights Chronic Kidney Disease
A recent study from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine concluded that the use of the medicinal mushroom Cordyceps cicadae could prove useful in the battle against chronic kidney disease.
Several species of Cordyceps are considered to be medicinal mushrooms in classical Asian pharmacologies such as that of traditional Chinese medicine. Cordyceps cicadae medicinal mushroom has been used for thousands of years in treating kidney disease.
A study by Rong Zhu, Yi-ping Chen, Yue-yi Deng et al, from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, aimed to determine whether there was any scientific evidence to support the clinical use of Cordyceps cicadae medicinal mushroom extracts for complementary treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease, a global public health problem, is a progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years. Renal fibrosis is the final common outcome. The symptoms of worsening kidney function are non-specific, and might include feeling generally unwell and experiencing a reduced appetite. Often, chronic kidney disease is diagnosed as a result of screening of people known to be at risk of kidney problems, such as those with high blood pressure or diabetes and those with a blood relative with chronic kidney disease.
Cordyceps cicadae medicinal mushroom proved to fight chronic kidney disease
Scientists are hopeful to find “new uses of old drugs”. And with standardization and toxicological studies, the research period could be shortened.
The finding of the study suggests that Cordyceps cicadae medicinal mushroom extracts inhibit renal fibrosis in vivo. Of course many more studies need performing before human trials can be undertaken. This is great news because chronic kidney disease has an extremely complicated pathogenic mechanism, which requires more than just one therapeutic approach.
Perhaps chemical drugs combined with a treatment extracted from Cordyceps cicadae medicinal mushroom will successfully fight chronic kidney disease in the future.