Auricularia

Promotes blood circulation and prevents thromboses – Auricularia is the blood thinner of medicinal mushrooms.

This mushroom is certainly well-known to all those who love Chinese food as “Mu-Erh” or “Chinese morel”. Its medicinal properties have long been known both in Asia and in Europe. In Europe it has been implemented since the Middle Ages to treat disorders and conditions such as cardiac and abdominal pain or toothache, haemorrhoids, inflammations of the eye, to support wound healing or to strengthen weakened immune systems. Today, Auricularia is highly valued for its capability of improving blood fluidity. It is the so-called blood thinner among the medicinal mushrooms.

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However, due to its adaptogenic properties, Auricularia is also traditionally administered to treat blood in the urine, haemorrhoid bleeding and uterine haemorrhage.

Auricularia confirms: medicinal mushrooms are never effective unilaterally or for only one specific purpose!

Studies verify that Auricularia can prevent the aggregation of thrombocytes and thus reduce the risk of a thrombosis and promote the blood circulation. Possible cardiac infarctions or strokes can thus be prevented. It also lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These properties are of particular importance for an existing arteriosclerosis or hypertension/high blood pressure.

“I have been taking one Aspirin per day as preventive treatment for eight years now. However, recently I have experienced increasingly strongg stomach pain from them. Now my doctor told me that this is a side effect of these tablets. Since I’ve been taking Auricularia, the stomach pain is gone. At the same time, my thrombosis risk has been eliminated and I have no problem with clotting when I injure myself”. W. H.

Auricularia

Auricularia contains adenosine, which has known vasodilatory properties and stimulates blood circulation. Dilatation can alleviate cardiac pain and lower the blood pressure. Practically, this jelly-like mushroom can also be implemented to prevent cerebral ischemia. Through its active ingredients, Auricularia enhances cellular oxygen absorption and thus protects cranial nerves from damage caused by oxygen or blood deficiencies. Thanks to its cholesterol lowering and blood fluidity improving properties it counteracts vascular dementia, because dementia frequently follows cerebral insults. The risk of these can be reduced through the administration of this medicinal mushroom. 

Auricularia is also hepful by intermittent claudication. This condition, triggered by a peripheral vascular disease, involves extreme leg pain under stress, especially when walking due to insufficient circulation. Here Auricularia strengthens the vessels and facilitates their circulation. Because of these properties, it is also recommended for long-distance flights, in the treatment of varicosis, by insufficient physical activity or confinement in bed, migraine and tinnitus.

According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it can moisturise mucous membrane and thus soothes mucosal inflammations. It is supportive in the treatment of constipation caused by dehydration, tracheal cough, cystitis and otolaryngological (ear, nose and throat) diseases. Auricularia also strengthens mucosal membranes damaged by chemo or radiation therapies.

Application fields in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Properties: sweet, neutral, mild

  • acts on stomach, spleen, colon, lung & liver

  • relaxes, distributes and regulates the Qi

  • antihaemorrhagic (esp. by haemorrhoids, uterus), nourishes blood

  • laxative

  • moisturizes the lung

  • reinforces the stomach’s Yin

  • counteracts Yin weakness = dry lung, stomach and intestines

  • counteracts dry cough, throat and mouth 

  • counteracts lumbar and leg pain 

  • for excessive leucorrhoea 

  • counteracts cramps, numbness and pain after accidents or injuries 

  • counteracts vascular blockage

Contraindications

Pregnancy, breast feeding, desire to have children, proneness for diarrhoea

Sources

• Jianzhe Y., Mao X.: „Icons of Medicinal Fungi from China“; CRC Press; 1989
• Hobbs, C.: “Medicinal Mushrooms”; Botanica Press, 1995
• Prof. Dr. med. Ivo Bianchi: “Moderne Mykotherapie”; Hinckel Druck, 2008

Note

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.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.