New approaches in the treatment of hay fever, asthma, food allergies and neurodermatitis
It is obvious that the number of allergy sufferers is growing: in Germany alone, around 26 million people are already affected by allergic diseases. Of these, approximately eleven million suffer from hay fever and approximately eight million from allergic asthma. In children, the frequency of allergy is already over 30 percent. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease.
"In spring I always had a pollen allergy. Actually, since 2003, with a runny nose, difficulty breathing and inflamed eyes. In summer I take one Reishi capsule daily, in spring 2 x 2. Even with extreme pollen my problems are greatly relieved, and otherwise completely eliminated. " Mrs. B. A. from Netzschkau
Those affected by allergies can be considerably restricted in their quality of life and, furthermore, they pave the way for further hypersensitivity reactions.
In medicine four types of reaction which can acquire the character of a disease are differentiated. In this case, these four types can also occur as mixed forms. The types I to III of these allergic reactions are triggered by antibodies whereas the type IV reaction is triggered by T-cells. In everyday life, the classification is most commonly differentiated according to the respective intake mechanism:
Inhalation allergy (e.g. pet hair, dust mites, moulds, pollen)
Food allergy/medication allergy
Insect venom allergy (often with severe allergic reactions)
Parasitic or microbial allergy
Most symptoms appear on the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes and throat with burning, itching, swelling and redness, rash and hives. There may be a cramping of the bronchial muscles with paroxysmal dyspnoea and coughing. When neurodermatitis occurs, itching, dryness, inflammation, scaling and crusting on the skin - especially on the face, inside of the elbows, behind the knees and at the wrist joints - appear. Often patients scratch their skin so intensively that it leads to severe skin damage and the risk of additional infections of the affected skin.
"For about four years I have been symptom-free, except for a very few days," says Mr. K.K from Gotha, summarising the effect of the medicinal mushrooms on his allergic asthma and/or bronchial asthma. "I am very pleased with the result. In contrast to various asthma sprays and desensitisation, which brought no lasting success. "
What actually happens to the body when an allergy occurs?
Principally, for all forms of allergy a hereditary predisposition is often present, although in principle any person can become an allergy sufferer. The allergy is based on a faulty regulation and an excessive defence response of the immune system. The actual purpose of the immune system is the defence against pathogenic agents, such as bacteria, viruses or parasites. After the intake of such pathogens into the organism and during the course of infection, there is a formation of specific antibodies or immune cells against the corresponding pathogens, thus building immunity. During a later contact with the same pathogens, the person doesn´t become sick a second time as the immune system "remembers” the first contact with the pathogen and immediately begins producing the specific antibodies or immune cells.
With the emergence of an allergy generally the same reactions take place in the immune system: After contact of the organism with an allergen, specific antibodies or immune cells are formed for this allergen, i.e. the organism is sensitised. This phase runs unnoticed by the effected person and takes about nine to twelve days. At a new contact with the same allergen, immediately the corresponding antibodies are produced or immune cells are activated, and the afflicted person is confronted with unpleasant allergic reactions.
"With the regular intake of Reishi my life became worth living again," Mr. E.R. from Neuhof reported to us. "The fear of allergies has disappeared, and with it burning eyes, sneezing, a swollen nose and whistling of the bronchi.”
What causes allergic reactions?
The intestinal mucosa has a significant impact on the stabilisation, regulation and development of our immune system. Altogether a total of 80 percent of the immune system is associated with the intestines. Here immune cells are created that remain not only in the intestine, but pass through the bloodstream to other mucous membranes. Inflammatory changes in the intestinal mucosa due to bacteria, other microorganisms, or from contaminants in the diet result in increased permeability of the intestinal wall. As a result, the immune system is flooded with foreign matter and allergies arise. This is why the structure of an intact intestinal mucosa with the right bacteria colonisation is so important for the immunological defence of the body. In practice it is found that respiratory and skin allergies are frequently caused and maintained by intestinal mycoses (= colonisation of the intestine with pathogenic germs). It is also often observed that food allergies are the cause of skin diseases. The use of antibiotics can also be the starting point of an allergy. The therapeutic basis for healing allergic diseases is a balanced diet. Allergy triggering foods should, of course, be avoided. The more a food is processed industrially, the stronger are its allergenic effects. Additives in food particularly overload our existing interface organs (intestines, skin and respiratory tract).
The ingestion of medicinal mushrooms offers a promising possibility for bringing the immune system back into balance. They contain substances that ensure the maintenance of the performance and resilience of the body even in stressful situations. Excessive immune responses can be hindered or a weak immune system can be stimulated. Thus medicinal mushrooms have a regulatory function.
"I suffer from a food and pollen allergy. In the last 18 months, my condition deteriorated progressively, culminating in allergic shock reactions. Unfortunately, conventional medicine desensitisation did not help. With the intake of Reishi mushroom came a significant improvement. The food allergy has subsided and the pollen allergy is gone. I can even tolerate nuts again, which always resulted in a state of shock before. " C. S.
For allergies the basic mushrooms are Reishi, Hericium and Pleurotus. The Reishi reduces the release of histamine (soothing for itching and inflammation) and ensures the oxygen supply to the body, which is important in chronic and allergic asthma. In addition, through the relaxing and calming effect of Reishi times of high emotional stress can be better compensated. Furthermore, it regulates the immune system and is anti-inflammatory.
The Hericium medicinal mushroom promotes the healthy structure of the gastric and intestinal mucosa, so that allergenic substances from food cannot so easily pass through the intestinal wall. This is especially helpful for neurodermatitis and also for very young children, as well as food allergies and intolerances. It also has a strengthening and regenerating effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. A change in diet and a restoration of the intestinal tract is essential as a basic therapy for allergies. Hence the Pleurotus is also important in that it supports building a healthy intestinal flora and promotes the colonisation of probiotic bacteria in the intestines.
A predisposition to a weak lymphatic system can often cause allergic rhinitis. Here the Polyporus is helpful, which also has very good effect when there is an excess of fluid and mucus in the body. Due to its influence on the neuroendocrine level, Cordyceps has a calming and uplifting effect. Because it also counteracts fatigue, it is called the "regeneration mushroom". In addition, the Cordyceps acts as a lung tonic.
In addition to the ingestion of medicinal fungi, capsules with OPC plus natural vitamin C is recommended. The administration of these strong antioxidants facilitates the organism´s return to health.
In summary it can be said that, due to their perfect composition, medicinal mushrooms awaken and strengthen the self-healing powers of the body. They supply the substances that our body needs to set the healing mechanisms in motion - naturally, holistically and individually.
The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.