Reishi in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder. Individuals with  this condition commonly experience memory loss, difficulty concentrating and  personality changes. It occurs when nerve cells die off, leading to a decline in  the production of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that carry signals relating  to thinking and feeling. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are several  medicines that may help to slow its progression. Herbs, including reishi  mushroom, might also help to slow its progression, although scientific evidence  to prove this is lacking. Do not take reishi mushroom in place of prescription  medicines and get medical advice before using them.

Properties and Potential Benefits

Reishi mushroom is a tree fungus native to China, although, according to the  University of Michigan Health Systems, it is also  commercially cultivated in North America, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Reishi  mushroom contains a host of active compounds including sterols, polysaccharides,  and triterpenoids and is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for a host  of ailments. They include diabetes, hepatitis, HIV and  benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is also sometimes used to improve mental  function.

Administration

Since reishi mushroom is not a proven treatment for Alzheimer’s, guidance  regarding a suitable dose is lacking. However, Mississippi Baptist Health  Systems states that a typical dosage of reishi is 2 g to 6 g per day of raw  fungus taken with meals. This is, however, only a general guideline. Check with  your health care provider whether this dose is suitable for you.

Effectiveness

Reishi mushroom’s effects on Alzheimer’s disease has not been evaluated in  clinical trials, so it is difficult to say whether it is an effective treatment.  However, the results of a single laboratory study published in the January 2008  issue of “Brain Research” show that reishi might help to protect nerve cells  from damage by beta amyloid, a protein  found in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease.  Further studies are  needed to confirm these effects in humans.

Safety Considerations

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems states that reishi is generally regarded  as safe. However, side effects may include dizziness, a dry throat or mouth, and  abdominal upset. These effects are rare, however, and are more likely to occur  if you take reishi continuously for long periods such as three to six months. It  may also inhibit blood clotting, so don’t use this herb if you have a bleeding  disorder or if you are taking anticoagulants.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/468405-reishi-mushroom-for-alzheimers/#ixzz1UMpWKxgo

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marine Gamez
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 06:09:20

    Really cool post, highly informative and professionally written..Good Job

    Reply

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