Gastrointestinal disorders: natural and effective treatment
Medicinal mushrooms offer new healing possibilities for patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
Gastric complaints represent a widespread health problem. Especially with advancing age, many people are affected by this. For those over 50 years old, according to estimations practically every second person has suffered from chronic gastritis. Those affected complain about dyspepsia, with sensitive reactions to many foods and drinks or also to stress. Bloating after eating, as well as reflux and acid indigestion, are regularly among the symptoms. Reflex stomach acid in the oesophagus can lead to additional problems, for example triggering inflammations. If the inflammations worsen, they can cause the development of ulcers, which brings an increased risk of the development of tumours.
Contrary to the many purely symptomatic treatments, the use of medicinal mushrooms can achieve a lasting easing of complaints. Hericium is a very important medicinal mushroom for this. It has a regenerating effect on the gastrointestinal mucosa and therefore supports its important protective function. Various specific mechanisms are involved in this. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Hericium is also characterised by an antibacterial effect against the feared gastric bacteria Helicobacter pylori. It can therefore reduce the risk of ulcer development. Due to the support of better mucosal development in the gastrointestinal tract through the goblet cells, the protection is as it were complete. The relaxing effect of Hericium on the gastrointestinal tract should also be emphasised, achieved through its erinacines.
The medicinal mushroom Reishi is the perfect therapeutic supplement to Hericium, as it can also heal significant inflammations due to its high triterpene content. In addition, Reishi actives the immune system, enabling better defence against viruses and bacteria. Owing to its immunomodulating effects, Reishi is also recommended for autoimmune processes, which can also be responsible for chronic gastric problems.
Gastritis and ulcers
Gastritis and ulcers are caused by autoimmune processes, bacteria (Helicobacter Pylori), medicines and stress. The triterpenes contained in Reishi have an anti-inflammatory effect here. During inflammations and tissue injury, the body produces the nerve growth factor (NGF), whose formation is supported by the erinacines contained in Hericium.
Italian scientists have succeeded, with the help of the NGF, to bring about a healing process in case of gastrointestinal ulcers. A combination of Reishi and Hericium is recommended here. In addition, it may be recommended to take Auricularia, which moistens and therefore protects the mucosa.
Acid indigestion, reflux and dyspepsia are closely connected. Any return of gastric contents towards the oesophagus is referred to as reflux. Due to its constituent substances, Hericium protects and regenerates the mucosa. To counteract inflammations, Reishi is recommended in addition.
Constipation and diarrhoea
If constipation occurs, Coprinus has been proven to have a laxative effect. If the constipation is due to dryness, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the medicinal mushroom Auricularia moisturizes and strengthens the mucosa, thereby easing this type of constipation. In addition, Reishi is recommended, as it relaxes and balances the intestinal muscles. Attention should be paid to drinking an adequate quantity!
Diarrhoea is a symptom that can have various causes. Stress or foods particularly rich in histamine are possible triggers. The triterpenes in Reishi can be beneficial here and inhibit the release of histamine in the body. Experience has shown that Maitake has a forming effect on lasting diarrhoea. Owing to its regenerating effect on the gastrointestinal mucosa, Hericium and Pleurotus should always be taken as a supplement.
Chronic intestinal disorders
The most significant forms of chronic inflammatory intestinal disorders include Colitis ulcerosa and Crohn’s disease, in which the intestinal mucosa is chronically inflamed. Owing to their anti-inflammatory effect and protection of the mucosa, the mushrooms Hericium and Reishi are used. The medicinal mushroom Pleurotus and incense have also been proven effective.
Medicinal mushrooms regulate inflammatory process and stress-induced imbalances. They should be taken until the body can carry out its own self-regulation again.