Understanding medicinal mushrooms is the key to appreciating them and using them.
The use of medicinal mushrooms for health benefits dates far back in world’s history. Discorides, the author of the Ancient Greek Encyclopedia “De Materia Medica” has documented facts about using mushrooms for medicinal purposes.
The people of Ural Mountains (Russia) knew Chaga for centuries and in 12th century the Russian king Vladimir Manomah was widely known for his great appreciation and knowledge of the uses of Chaga. Reishi (pronounced ‘Ling Zhi’ in Chinese) was only one of the mushrooms documented in Shen Nong Ben Cao, an ancient Chinese herbal work. And it is really the ancient Chinese that have done the most extensive work of recording and keeping the information about using mushrooms for the prevention and correction of various alignments.
The importance of fungi
Although we focus at the bioactive functions of mushrooms, the fungal kingdom has far more important role for our existence. Fungi are the major recycler of dead organic matter in nature. Imagine if the fallen leaves and branches in the woods do not compost into soil! How long would the forest survive for without the transformational power of fungi?
The interest of the potency of medicinal mushrooms grew naturally with the increase of modern day diseases. We now know that it is the bioactive components in mushrooms, such as beta-D-glucans and triterpens that bring to us their incredible power. However we should appreciate the fact that the kingdom of fungi has one very specific character – intelligence. So we believe we are at the beginning to actually understand what else is that mushrooms can offer. Scientist from around the globe perform all sorts of research with mushroom compounds. In many cases this type of information is published in scientific journals and may not be easily accessible.
So what we are doing is trying to collect as much valuable and reliable information and put it up on our blog. We hope to be able to build up a comprehensive science-based data base, to which people will have access 24/7.