Medicinal Mushrooms and MS Disease (Multiple Sclerosis)

Reishi, Shiitake and MS disease

MS disease (multiple sclerosis) has been called both an autoimmune disorder as well as a neurodegenerative disease. There is some medical professionals that debate on which one it is, but one thing is for sure, one of the natural treatments for MS is mushrooms. Not just any mushrooms, but medicinal mushrooms.

Most doctors believe that there is no known cure for MS disease since it is the neurons in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord in particular) that are most affected by this autoimmune disease. Around the neurons is a protective sheath called myelin, which suffers injury for those with MS, due to inflammation. This inflammatory effect affects the nerve signals.

MS affects women more than men, and people further away from the equator than near it. Symptoms of MS disease vary but can include weakness, nerve pain, loss of balance, muscle dysfunction, loss of vision, bladder and bowel problems, brain dysfunction, and eventually organ failure.  Are medicinal mushrooms part of the answer? Are there any other solutions?

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Medicinal mushrooms for MS disease

A video on YouTube titled “Medicinal Mushrooms in Autoimmune Diseases Management” by Dr. James Meschino (see video below), on autoimmune diseases like MS disease are discussed in regards to how medicinal mushrooms may help, and how and why that works. It is the beta glucan (polysaccharide fiber) in the medicinal mushrooms that helps regulate the immune system to help MS and other diseases. This video is displayed at the end of this article.

Medicinal mushrooms like reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) are said to possibly help MS disease. It may reduce symptoms and help slow the disease. Reishi has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting effects due to the beta glucan in them. Reishi also helps reduce the effects of stress in the body and can be taken by eating them raw (cooked or dried is preferred), in capsules, or as a liquid extract.

A medicinal mushrooms preparation we heard about that is claimed to help MS is Neuromykon. One of the medicinal mushrooms in Neuromykon includes Hericium erinaceus, which their makers Myko San Croatia claim “contain the compounds hericenone and erinacine. These compounds have proven in vivo to be the strongest known stimulators for the secretion of nerve growth factor (NGF),” which is important for repairing and creating new neurons.

According to the sources for Neuromykon the medicinal mushrooms Lentinula edodes (shiitake), and Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) are also excellent mushrooms for helping neurodegenerative diseases like MS.

As medical science learns more about MS and what causes it, at least we have, in the meantime, medicinal mushrooms that can help treat it, reduce symptoms, and slow its advance.

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References:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805251

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g9FLcEF2Uw

http://www.livestrong.com/article/555521-reishi-mushroom-multiple-sclerosis/

http://www.zdravljeizgljiva.hr/en/mykosan-neuromykon-mushrooms-against-neurodegenerative-diseases-alzheimers-dementia-ms-parkinsons.html

 

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