Mycotherapy (Fungotherapy)

Mycotherapy (Fungotherapy) is the science of treatment by mushrooms. The concept of this science aroused and its name was officially introduced in Japan 2,000 years ago. About that time was also published the invaluable book “Shinnoh Honsohkyo”, which is considered the first textbook in Eastern medicine. More than 350 herb and mushroom species are described and classified in this book. The basic plant classification categories in the book are three: “superior” (250), “intermediate” (120) and “impartial” (125). Mushrooms were considered the most valuable remedy for all types of tumors. In China, mushrooms have had for centuries the reputation of “Elixir of life” and are in the “superior” plants category. In 1309, the renowned healer Wu Gorin described mushrooms curative properties in his treatise „Curative means for everyday use”.
The Chinese doctor Wu Rui who lived at the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) wrote: „This mushroom (Shiitake) is a health preserving means; it cures colds and stimulates circulation”. He also discovered that the Shiitake mushroom had an antitumor effect. In his book “The Canon of Medicine” the greatest Asian doctor Avicenna gave mushrooms the first place among all curative means. They were called the “Plants of God” and were used for rejuvenation and longevity. Mushrooms were the remedies of the legendary “magicians”. Almost all known mushroom species were described in this book. Reishii was in the first place and was called “the Mushroom of Longevity” or “the Divine Mushroom”. The famous herbalist Wu Sin wrote a treatise on medicinal mushrooms in which he described more than 100 mushroom species distributed in China and Japan. He proved that mushrooms have more healing properties than herbs.

Mycotherapy (Fungotherapy) studies the medicinal properties of the higher fungi. It is the youngest branch of Mycology. For your information, on 21 March 2003 the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (Orders No 115 & 116) established two new academic disciplines, namely Clinical Mycology and Laboratory Mycology.
Mycotherapy (Fungotherapy) deals with macromycetes (the higher fungi), i.e. the fungi which develop a fruiting body, visible to the naked eye. They belong to two classes: Basidomycetes and Askomycetes. At present, the list of the higher fungi contains a total of 14,000 species. Over 2,000 of them are edible and 700 possess curative properties. Most of the Basomycetes have antibiotic action and produce antibiotic substances, such as agrocybin, brosophyllin, nemotin, biformin, polypromin and many others. Water extracts from the fruiting body of most of them have beneficial effect on the wound microflora, similar to that of some commercial antibiotics (Levomycetin, Biomycin, and Streptomycin).
Fungi are intermediate life forms between plants and animals and contain biologically active compounds (BAC) of both kingdoms. However, unlike plants, fungi do not contain chlorophyll, are not capable of photosynthesis and cannot synthesize organic matter from inorganic compounds. They resemble animals in secreting a substance, called “urine” and in producing enzymes (about 20 glucoenzymes) needed for absorption of carbohydrates.
Nowadays, new curative mushroom foods and pharmaceuticals have been produced and attract attention as potent adaptogens, immunomodulators and therapeutics. Today, every second antibiotic is synthesized from fungal constituents. About 300 Basidomycetes species have curative properties. Vital (medicinal) mushrooms are not toxic and do not have substantial side effects.


For additional information you can read the books:
Healing Mushrooms Against Cancer and Other Diseases
The Curative Power of Mushrooms




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Приложение на Микотерапия (Фунготерапия) във фирма "Доктор Биомастер"

Приложение на Микотерапия (Фунготерапия) във фирма “Доктор Биомастер”