Can Mushrooms Help Fight Cancer?
Conventional cancer treatments can be devastating to the human body, even more so to a small child’s body that is still growing.
While there are yet no other treatments to fight childhood cancer, especially to those in poorer countries, than the old ones such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, more and more individuals are also using complementary methods.
Not every conventional or complementary method will work for every individual, but it is surely up to us to try whichever method we can to fight this terrible disease – as long as it does no harm, it could do good.
Something that falls under the banner of complementary treatment is mushrooms – more specifically, Reishi mushrooms, aka Ling zhi, Lin zi, and Mushroom of Immortality – which various studies from around the globe have shown to be effective in fighting cancer.
According to studies done at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Reishi mushroom contains complex sugars known as beta-glucans. Lab studies suggest that these compounds may help stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. When animals were fed beta-glucans, some cells of their immune system became more active
To stimulate the immune system – Laboratory studies suggest that reishi mushroom may stimulate some cells of the immune system. A small clinical trial showed that reishi can enhance immune response in advanced-stage cancer patients. More studies are needed.
Mushroom cancer therapy is officially recognised by the Japanese government:
“In ancient China, mushrooms were considered as the most effective treatment for the various types of tumors. Contemporary fungotherapy (treatment using mushrooms) represents a promising field for scientific research. The natural chemical compounds contained in fungi have a huge therapeutic and particularly the anti-cancer potential that has not been yet fully studied.” Professor Vladimir Katanaev, Dr.Habil, Ph.D., lead author of the study from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Researchers with the Department of Biotechnology at Lovely Professional University in India did a review of mushrooms to fight cancer:
“The current anti-cancer drugs available in the market are not target-specific and pose several side-effects and complications in the clinical management of various forms of cancer, which highlights the urgent need for novel effective and less-toxic therapeutic approaches. In this context, some prized mushrooms with validated anti-cancer properties and their active compounds are of immense interest.”
“Medicinal mushrooms represent a growing segment of today’s pharmaceutical industry owing to the plethora of useful bioactive compounds. While they have a long history of use across diverse cultures, they are backed up by reasonable scientific investigation now. Mycologists around the world, firmly believe that a greater knowledge of mushroom can ameliorate many forms of cancers at various stages.”
The Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom is Native to hot and humid areas around Asia, and according to those who use it, this fungus is a formidable health ally for all sorts of health ailments:
- Modulates and boosts the immune system
- Wards off heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- Calms the nerves and improves mood
- Eases allergies
- Reduces inflammation
- Protects the lungs (particularly regarding asthma and bronchitis)
- Improves kidney health
- Helps alleviate extreme fatigue
- Regulates blood sugar
- Provides powerful antioxidant properties
Proponents of using the reishi mushroom to fight cancer say it works in four specific ways:
- Stimulates the immune system
- Helps immune cells bind to tumor cells
- Reduces the number of cancer cells (cytotoxic effect)
- Slows down cancer cell growth
Different compounds found in Reishi are responsible for each of these effects.
Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use.
LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.
Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.
Posted on 7 November, 2018, in Alternative Treatments, Blog and tagged cancer, cancer research, cancer treatment, LFCT, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, paediatric cancer, Pediatric cancer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.