Reishi mushroom anyone?

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   Posted 6/21/2015 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I've heard a few times that it can help UC, CD. I don't know anything about it. Has anyone tried it?
This article says it can be helpful for prevention of colitis-associated cancer.

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   Posted 6/21/2015 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I had some kind of mushroom supplement in my Amazon cart once due to things I had read about it but I never actually bought it or tried it. I'm curious as to your responses.
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   Posted 6/21/2015 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Medicinal mushrooms are awesome! And so gentle. Reishi and shiitake are staples in my UC battle, but I buy them whole and put them in soups on slow cook. Turkey tail helped a bit too, but not as much as the others. Sometimes I'll make a simple broth by cutting up fresh shiitake and letting it simmer with a tiny bit of green onion, then drink and eat the pieces.

Most people with UC have over-active or dysfunctional immune systems and it can help to calm that down. The problem is, if your immune system is attacking something that is real, then the effect won't last. Leaky gut means that things travel beyond the bowel barrier that shouldn't, causing reactivity. If you have leaky gut and you're not on a protocol to seal the gut lining, then mushrooms won't do anything for you long term, neither will any other herbal supplement.

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   Posted 2/27/2017 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Like to hear if anyone is experimenting with these lately?? I do know medicinal mushrooms have tremendous benefits, and am wondering if it might not be a helpful addition... especially mixed with psyllium seed powder.

My latest craze is mixing psyllium seed with various ingredients, powdered freeze dried blueberries chief among them (all together in a processor to make a homogenized powder), but sometimes also garlic powder, electrolytes, and even potato starch.

My rationale is that the psyllium slows motility (spends more time in the colon), is beneficial in cultivating correct, fermentation-encouraging bacteria there, and seems to "cling" to whatever you mix and drink it with; mix it with wheatgrass powder and you poo green, "formed" stool, mix with blueberry and you poo blue, etc... So the "glueing" properties of the psyllium seem to retain what you mix all the way through the tract at least to some extent, and I can't help but wonder if a medicinal mushroom powder wouldn't be a good addition.

I additionally thought that mixing in a good probiotic (can be hit and miss per individual) would be smart- and recently posted a query about this asking whether anyone had good info on what bacteria we are generally, across the board, low in... Of course I got no response, rather just static.

Anyway, without this concoction once or twice daily I go south asap- I think this is a really valuable tool, but I guess I haven't relayed that clearly enough to get others experimenting. Theres something to it though. Psyllium seed is well known, but the combination of it and other ingredients is, I think, a potentially very very useful tool that is not being utilized.

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   Posted 3/2/2017 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
In regards to the probiotic question, I don't think anyone knows for sure. Seems there is a scientific study regarding VSL# three showing it is beneficial in 85 percent of UC people. You can read the strains they put in it, and compare it to other probiotics. Your idea of combining is intriguing to me. I just ordered Psylium seed, but was disappointed to discover it was whole, not powder. Not sure if I have the ability to grind it.

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   Posted 3/2/2017 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear you bought whole seed. Try herbs direct. Im buying a few lbs at a time now. Not sure if I already mentioned this, but the taste is greatly improved if you add some electrolyte powder with Stevia (no sugar) to taste. Its not cheap either but worth it... Ive been using Ultima brand. You cant taste a decent amount of garlic powder with it in there (which has allicin).

Sounds like you've never taken payllium before, heres a few tips...
It is time sensitive when you mix it with water (gels fairly fast) so best to mix and drink immediately.

In a small food processor, put maybe 8-10 spoon fulls of psyllium seed powder, several heavy dashes of garlic powder, and maybe half the volume of freeze dried organic blueberries as psyllium (eperiment). Add the electrolye too, maybe 4-5 of the small spoons that come in the container (otherwise its not too tasty, even revolting).

In a 12 oz ball jar, fill it first with maybe 5-6 oz water, then say two heaping tablespoons of the blended mix deacribed above (or, your own version). Put the lid on and shake vigorously for a few seconds then gulp it, then wash the jar asap as it will stick if you dont.

See what you think, good luck.

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   Posted 6/20/2017 4:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I just want to askl if someone ever tried using shrooms or truffles for medical purposes? I was reading some articles about this magic truffles and shrooms before engaging my self for the first time. Like this one from (url removed).They say that it has a very potent effect on the brain and hallucination. Unlike marijuana does it have any medical use? In one article that I've read magic truffles or shrooms are use on reducing the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. It can also help people to quit smoking and alcohol addiction. Some studies also suggest the property of magic shrooms/truffles can be useful for cancer patients. I would really want to hear other insights regarding this new possible alternative meds. Thanks

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   Posted 6/20/2017 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd beware of anything touted as a cure all. It's marketing at it's worst, that only preys on the desperate.
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   Posted 6/20/2017 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
At the very least shrooms are a great way to get your mind off of UC for a few hours. That's for darn sure...
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