Hericium

In East Asia, the Hericium has been valued for centuries also as a source of inner strength. It is used traditionally to promote a sense of harmony.

Hericium is also known by names such as lion’s mane, pom pom mushroom and bearded tooth mushroom. The mushroom from the family of Hericiaceae is characterised by an appearance like a snow-white icicle. The fine aroma of this valuable fine mushroom, which evokes veal or poultry, is just as remarkable as its eccentric names. Owing to its very fine taste, its fleshy fruiting body is not only valued by connoisseurs, but is increasingly featured in the cuisine of renowned chefs.

Bearded tooth – The gastrointestinal mucosa plays a central role in our immune system. Hericium strengthens it.

Hericium plays a significant role in strengthening the gastrointestinal mucosa, which acts as a protective barrier against environmental toxins. This also makes it more difficult for allergy-causing food components to pass through the intestinal walls, which is important especially for counteracting food intolerances, all kinds of allergies, skin conditions such as neurodermatitis and immune system weakness.

The intestinal mucosa plays a significant role in the stabilisation, regulation and development of the immune system. Here defence cells are produced not only remain in the intestines but also spread via blood circulation.

Hericium has soothing and anti-inflammatory effects on gastric and intestinal mucosa, which make it a great support in the treatment of gastritis, reflux, heartburn or over-acidification. It can also work positively on chronic inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Hericium´s anti-carcinogenic properties can be observed especially by sarcoma 180, stomach cancer, colon cancer or oesophageal cancer. The mushroom can also soothe mucosal injuries caused by chemo or radiotherapy and ease and reinforce the irritated mucosal membranes.

Studies have shown that Hericium stimulates nerve growth factor (NGF) through its components hericenone and erinacine (a diterpenoid). This is very significant for nerve regeneration. NGF ensures that the myelin sheaths are reconstructed to nourish and protect the neural cells. This is particularly supportive for peripheral nerve damage caused by trauma or metabolic processes, but also for damage to the central nervous system caused by strokes, trauma, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Moreover, NGF regulates the TH 1/TH 2 immune response in the central nervous system. This is highly beneficial in particular for autoimmune processes in the nervous system such as e.g. multiple sclerosis. Moreover, a specific polysaccharide contained by Hericium promotes neuronal differentiation and neural cell survival.Hericium acts as tonic for nerves. Its positive implementation has been reported for anxiety, stress, restlessness, sleeplessness and memory lapses. The mushroom is particularly supportive and soothing if our digestion is affected by an irritable stomach or colon caused by stress.

Verified effects from research

      • The polysaccharides contained in Hericium have anti-carcinogenic properties.

      • The production of nerve growth factors is increased. The peripheral nerves are regenerated by degenerative neuronal diseases.

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

      • gastric disorders

      • gastrointestinal tumours

 

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