Mycotherapy – medicinal and vital mushrooms for dogs with skin problems

When man’s “best friend” has skin problems, it doesn’t always have to be risky medications – vital and medicinal mushrooms have long been used in mycotherapy for our animals

A brief introduction to the topic of medicinal and vital mushrooms

Mycotherapy for dogs

The fruits of the forest have been used for thousands of years in the prevention and acute treatment of diseases (mycotherapy). The most famous culture that uses medicinal mushrooms to this day are probably the Chinese. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), vital and medicinal mushrooms are an integral part of mycotherapy. But also the prehistoric man Ötzi had a mushroom amulet with him on his long journey. The porling amulet was probably used for all kinds of travel ailments.
But there are also some animals that use mushrooms as medicine. Bees, for example, like to eat certain medicinal mushrooms to strengthen their immune system against the dreaded Varroa mite.

Skin problems with dogs

Man’s best friend, always a faithful companion through good times and bad. But what if our friend is not well?
Many dogs today are plagued by allergies and skin problems. This can have different reasons. Allergies exist, as in humans, to just about anything, grass, pollen, food, additives or even sun. Other factors, such as breed and health status are important factors for a healthy dog life. Also, it should not be forgotten that there are a lot of parasites targeting your dog.
The important thing is that the dog is healthy and vital. Because in a strong, healthy body bacteria, viruses or parasites have it much more difficult than in a very old, weak body.

Use of medicinal mushrooms in dogs.

So the first thing to do is to protect the dog before it becomes seriously ill. Of course, this is done first by a few simple rules. First of all, the breed appropriate exercise and brain jogging and secondly, the more important point, the diet. There is in all languages the saying, ” You are what you eat”. So it is with our dog. So we can do a lot of good for our pelt nose with the right nutrition. Vital mushrooms can make an important part. Often it already helps the dog when the itching subsides. Mycotherapy achieves amazing results in this regard.
Of course, medicinal mushrooms also help when the disease has already broken out. Especially for diseases caused by mites, fleas or allergies to environmental influences, mycotherapy is a real miracle weapon. The mushrooms work through their high concentration of glycoproteins, polysaccharides and secondary bioactives. But also through some minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, trace elements such as iron and silicon, as well as several vitamins of the B and D group.

Which mushrooms are suitable for mycotherapy

Hericium erinaceus (spiny beard): the beautiful looking mushroom plays a great role if your dog has a food allergy. The vital mushroom supports the natural intestinal flora, which leads to better food tolerance.

Cordyceps sinensis (Chinese caterpillar fungus): Cordyceps offers the possibility of regulating the function of the hormonal system when taken long-term. This mushroom is probably one of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms currently known.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): Also called the mushroom of immortality. This already indicates the strong effect of the vital mushroom. The Reishi is used for many different ailments.

Auricularia polytricha (Judas ear): The mushroom is very good for blood circulation and thus strengthens the skin. However, care should be taken not to feed the mushroom to a pregnant bitch as it can cause miscarriage.

Polyporus umbellatus (oak hare): This fungus has a very strong antibiotic effect, which makes it an optimal fungus for preventive care.

For several years now, there have been experts who will be happy to advise and inform you on the subject of mycotherapy for dogs.

The alternative veterinary medicine (Mykotherapie) offers with the employment of welfare and vital mushrooms an effective and nevertheless side effect-free support for the healing of wounds, with the relief of itching or the fight against cancer.

Whether a single remedy or a combination of several medicinal and vital mushrooms – the mushroom powder or mushroom extracts can be given to the dog with the food.

Externe Links

Atopische Dermatitis des Hundes

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhz2lzgC49M

Bees are dying out! With medicinal mushrooms against the varroa mite

“When the bees die out, man has 4 years to live” (Einstein).

Our bees (Apis) are threatened by environmental toxins, monocultures and their worst enemy, the varroa mite

Varroamilbe

The Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is an approximately 1.2 mm large mite that lives parasitically on Apis mellifera and Apis cerana. This secretive and extremely destructive mite has been spreading among European bee colonies for 40 years now.

The mite first attacks the brood. When the larva is 4-5 days old and about to be covered, it is attacked by the varroa mite. The mites then multiply as the brood grows. If the bees survive this attack, they are often born crippled. The small but very effective parasite can quickly destroy entire colonies.

Another villain in the bee world is Nosema ceranae. This protozoa nests in the intestines of the bees and spreads through the feces in the hive. This disease can also destroy entire bee colonies.

A strong and healthy bee colony

Bienen am Einflugsloch

Bienen am Einflugsloch

The most important thing is a strong and healthy bee colony, so that no parasites, germs or diseases can spread in the first place. But what is important for a good and healthy colony? Let’s look at nature.

Environmental influences for the bee

In nature, first of all, there are no neonicitoids, antifungal agents, etc. Nor are there any square, six-story hives made of Styrofoam there.

However, one of the most important points for a healthy and strong bee colony is the nutrition of the bees. A very short monoculture harvest (flowering) and feeding with sugar water in order to obtain a lot of honey as cheaply as possible will not pay off in the long run. There are all kinds of substances in flower pollen that can protect our bees from parasites and viruses. Therefore, especially in the countryside, there should be many more different flowering areas that provide bees with food. Nowadays, bees in cities curiously often find more and different pollen than their colleagues in the countryside.

But what does the fungus do for the bees?

In the wild, there are some species of bees that live in old tree cavities. You can understand the bee, the place is safe from most predators, the entrance hole is not so large and thus easier to guard and it is wonderfully dry.
But there are more co-inhabitants in the tree-bee community: fungi, and not a few of them!
One day, the well-known mycologist Paul Stamets discovered that the mycelium (fungal tissue) was being eaten by bees. But why and what is behind it? The fungus is the pharmacy of bees. There are very well known and researched vital and medicinal mushrooms, these include the Reishi (Lackporling), the Maitkae, the Shittake and many more. These mushrooms were often weighed with gold in the past because of their healing properties. Medicinal mushrooms have an effect that strengthens the immune system. This proven effect comes, among other things, from glycanesacharidden, but other antiviral or antibacterial substances are also formed in the mushroom, such as the triterpenene in the reishi. This substance is important for our intestines. For this, there are breathtaking results in people with various severe gastrointestinal diseases.

Ganoderma-Lucidum – The mushroom of immortality

Today there are not many colonies of bees living in tree hollows. That is why we have to support our bees with vital mushrooms.
For this purpose, there is a special formula of various medicinal mushrooms, which are mixed with organic honey to provide the bees with a “mushroom cure”.
This special mixture strengthens the bees in a natural way! It protects the intestinal flora and strengthens the immune system, so that the bees can better defend themselves against the protozoan Nosema ceranae and also the Varroa mite.

More very interesting articles on this topic can be found here:

https://www.wissenschaft-aktuell.de/artikel/Bienen_zuechten_Pilze_als_Futter_fuer_die_Brut1771015589983.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/06/05/can-a-mushroom-save-honey-bees/#3ac0a6aa5322

Mushrooms – Vitamin D – Deficiency – Dosage – Effect

Vitamin D – The Sun Vitamin

Humans can produce vitamin D in the skin under the influence of sunlight. The mushroom is not inferior to us here. Mushrooms are some of the few foods that contain vitamin D and produce it themselves. Various mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, the Reishi and the genus Cordyceps, are considered for many years as a vitamin D supplier.

Vitamin D is essential for life, but why ?

Large parts of the world’s population are deficient in this extremely important nutrient. This vitamin complex, which is actually a hormone, acts in organs, bones and tissues, including the CNS and peripheral nervous system. In addition, vitamin D regulates calcium levels in the blood and thus has a major impact on heart health.
The topic of sleep and healthy bones is also co-determined by this vitamin.

Where does the vitamin D come from ?

Mushrooms are the most important source of vitamin D in plants. The precursor of vitamin D2, ergosterol (provitamin D2), is found primarily in mushrooms. The mushroom is a small miracle of nature. Because it can form the vitamin D just like we humans. We take advantage of this and dry our mushrooms gently under the sun of Mallorca.
Nowadays, most vitamin D preparations are made from pork fat. Here the fat and the skin of the pigs are cooked and through a chemical process the vitamin D is extracted. Not exactly a pleasant thought.

Taking vitamin D

Especially in the dark seasons, vitamin D should be taken daily. Also risk groups such as employees in the night or shift system, often people who work in large offices or markets without direct sunlight, suffer from the consequences of a vitamin D deficiency.

Signs of vitamin D deficiency

  • Muscle pain
  • Low spirits
  • Elderly people have a higher need for vitamin D
  • Fatigue
  • digestive problems
  • a lot of sweat on the head
  • bone pain
  • sleep disturbances

Vitamin D dosage without blood test

  • Babies 400 IU.
  • Children over one year 1,000 IU.
  • Adolescents 1,000 IU per twelve kilograms of body weight.
  • Adults 5,000 IU for an average weight of 70 kilograms.
  • Pregnant women 4,000 IU to 6,000 IU.

What you should know about dried mushrooms

Are dried mushrooms poisonous? Can you dry mushrooms in the oven? Are dried mushrooms healthy? All these questions we clarify in the following article.

In autumn there are plenty of mushrooms to be found in the woods. As a mushroom connoisseur, the probability is very high to come home after a walk in the forest, with bulging baskets mushroom. Sometimes you can not eat so much. Then there are different ways to further process the remaining mushrooms and make them storable.
You can dry the mushrooms, pickle them or freeze them. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Today we would like to focus on dried mushrooms.

How to dry mushrooms?

Some types of mushrooms are preferably dried in the dark and at a constant temperature, which preferably does not exceed 35 ° to 50 ° degrees. The oven or a boiler room is often very suitable here. In variant number one, spread these for this purpose thinly sliced slices of mushrooms at regular intervals on the baking sheet and put it in the oven for 3-5 hrs. To be able to dry the mushrooms in the heating cellar, or even in the sun, thread the mushroom slices with a needle on a sturdy yarn and hang them up.

Some types of mushrooms, such as oyster mushrooms, are excellent for drying in the sun. These mushrooms have the ability to increase their vitamin D content many times over. Your organism is able to produce vitamin D directly from sunlight, which strongly advocates taking vitamin D products in the form of dried mushrooms or medicinal mushroom products.

How do I store dried mushrooms?

The best way is cool, dry and dark. To do this, we pack the mushrooms either in well-sealed zip bags, Tupper tins or in canning jars. They are stored, for example, in the cellar and in pantries.

How do dried mushrooms taste?

Dried mushrooms usually have a more intense flavor than fresh mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated by drying.

Do mushrooms become poisonous when dried?

No, as long as they are not moldy or infested with moths or the like, you can use the mushrooms with a clear conscience until the next season or longer. Also valuable ingredients such as vitamin D, vitamin B, folic acid and minerals remain contained during drying.

How long can you lay dried mushrooms ?

Very long! As long as there is no mold or insect infestation on the mushrooms, they can be used for years.

Which mushrooms can be dried particularly well?

Oyster mushrooms, rose mushrooms, herb mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, mushrooms, all types of mushrooms and morels.

What do I do with the dried mushroom?

Dried mushrooms can be used similarly to fresh mushrooms. Ground as a powder, the mushrooms, a fine sauce to something very special. Or also as a soup ingredient they are super. Just as a dietary supplement, in powder form and capsules, they are super easy to integrate into the daily routine, for example in smoothies or in cereal.

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What else to look for in dried mushrooms ?

What you should really pay attention to, as far as this goes, is the country of origin. This applies in principle to all mushroom products that appeal to you. Mushrooms are the perfect detoxification machines, not only for the human organism. This means that the mushroom can, under certain circumstances, absorb and process environmental toxins. Especially from the Far East, are often high pollutant loads in the mushrooms and products to find.

Cordyceps Tibetan Caterpillar-Mushroom

Cordyceps – Tibetan Caterpillar Leg Mushroom
This very strong medicinal mushroom comes from the high altitudes of Asia.

According to the stories, the shepherds of the Tibetan plateaus could always observe in spring that their cattle jumped around on the pasture very vital and exuberant. At some point, the herders noticed that their animals liked to eat the caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps) while grazing.
After the little treat, the cattle became more lively, had much more energy and jumped joyfully across the pastures.
As the name implies, the caterpillar fungus grows by caterpillars in the open. The caterpillar fungus grows in the spring and is laboriously harvested by special search parties.

Use of Cordyceps

Mostly the mushroom is offered as powder or extract. The most original form, which is still practiced today, is the warm water extract, i.e. a tea. If you get whole fruiting bodies, they should first be ground small. The finer the better, because only then the beta-glucans, the cordycepin and much more can be properly dissolved. The whole thing becomes really round from the taste and the healing effect, if you add a little honey from the beekeeper around the corner.

A widespread form are extracts or powders. Most vital mushroom preparations and supplements are in capsules, this facilitates the daily intake for many. Also, it should be said that the taste is not everyone’s cup of tea. Especially if the powder was obtained from wild stocks (caterpillars).

Inhalants of the Cordyceps

Cordyceps contains amino acids, minerals and trace elements, as well as some special vitamins:
Cordycepin, nucleotides (adenosine,uridine, guanosine), sterols (ergosterol and others), D-mannitol,polysaccharides (including cyclofurans, galactomannan, beta-glucans, beta-mannans), amino acids (arginine, tryptophan, lysine, tyrosine), fatty acids.

What is there to consider?

When buying Tibetan Caterpillar Leg Mushroom, you should make sure that it is not found in the wild. Firstly, this will destroy nature and another very important point is environmental toxins. Mushrooms act like a magnet to environmental toxins. Therefore, if possible, do not buy medicinal mushrooms from the Asian region. Our Cordyceps products do not contain any components of animal origin and are therefore highly recommended for vegetarians, vegans and all those who want to do without the caterpillar.
Therefore we can guarantee a very high quality of our Cordyceps products, which are produced according to organic standard guidelines and sustainable.

More information about the syshematics of the mushroom can be found here (Wikipedia).

Heilpilz & vitalpilz

Mycotherapy Healing with Mushrooms

Healing with mushrooms – Mycotherapy (“Mykos – Greek mushroom”)

Mycotherapy has a very long tradition. The often tasty mushrooms are equipped with all sorts of medically effective substances that positively support the body.

In the vital mushroom
therapy, two aspects are in the foreground, the holistic person is healed and the causes of the diseases are eliminated.

The probably oldest described healing effect will come from the stone age man Ötzi. The ancestor lived approximately between 3359 and 3105 BC. , so the age of the mummy today is about 5250 years. He was found in 1991 in a glacier crevasse in the Ötztal (South Tyrol). Of course, this was a stroke of luck for science. Here we had a frozen picture of a caveman. After intensive investigation, an amulet was found on his neck. This pendant was a mushroom more precisely a porling. This medicinal mushroom has a strong healing effect that helps with stomach problems and being unwell. Which was probably very helpful on a long journey across the Alps.

Another treasure of the past comes from the Asian region where the use of medicinal and vital mushrooms is a living tradition (TCM traditional Chinese medicine) that has proven itself. Unfortunately, in Central Europe there are hardly any records of the medical use of medicinal mushrooms. This disappeared with the Christianization of the indigenous peoples of Europe. Some old rents are still to be found today one thinks of Christmas and the fly agaric. The Raunächte was very popular with medicine men (Santa Claus).

The individual types of mushrooms which are also called vital and medicinal mushrooms
Cordyceps-Sinensis-Heilpilz-vitalpilz-funghi

Reishi , shiny lacquer porling (Ganoderma lucidum) is probably the most familiar and at the same time is the most salutary

Der Shiitake or Shii-Take (Lentinula edodes)has a wide range of action.
Is an anti cancer and anti bacterial Mushroom

The Tibetan caterpillar  fungus (Cordyceps sinensis & Cordyceps militaris). Probably one of the best known and strongest of all currently known vital mushrooms. But also the expeniift mushroom in the world expensivest.

Maitake, (Grifola frondosa) Among mushroom lovers it is appreciated as a delicate edible mushroom. He can make an enormous contribution to health

Umbrella polypore or lumpy bracket, (Polyporus umbellatus) It is considered the oldest known antibiotic and is also highly valued for its strong antibacterial effect

Judasohr, Mu-Err-Pilz, Holunderpilz (Auricularia polytricha) – As a common edible mushroom worldwide, it is often used in many Asian. He does not taste like. but is a good mushroom for our body

Mushroom of the sun, God’s mushroom (Agaricus blazei Murrill) regulates the entire immune system, especially in cancer and autoimmune diseases

lion’s mane mushroom, monkey head mushroom, (Hericium erinaceus)
Is a very tasty mushroom, often the taste is compared with seafood. But it is not only delicious but a mushroom for our head. In ALzheimer or other brain damage this mushroom helps wonderfully. Also the support of the digestion with the Hericum are recommended. the Hericium contains nineteen free amino acids as well as polysaccharides and polypeptides

Note :
Mushrooms have the property to absorb and store pollutants, heavy metals and impurities from the environment like a magnet. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose suppliers of mushroom preparations that obtain vital mushrooms for processing from controlled organic cultivation and a high quality standard. Please renounce cheaper products from the Far East or dubious dealers for the sake of your health.

Heilpilz & vitalpilz

Mycotherapy Healing with Mushrooms

Healing with mushrooms – Mycotherapy (“Mykos – Greek mushroom”)

Mycotherapy has a very long tradition. The often tasty mushrooms are equipped with all sorts of medically effective substances that positively support the body.

In the vital mushroom
therapy, two aspects are in the foreground, the holistic person is healed and the causes of the diseases are eliminated.

The probably oldest described healing effect will come from the stone age man Ötzi. The ancestor lived approximately between 3359 and 3105 BC. , so the age of the mummy today is about 5250 years. He was found in 1991 in a glacier crevasse in the Ötztal (South Tyrol). Of course, this was a stroke of luck for science. Here we had a frozen picture of a caveman. After intensive investigation, an amulet was found on his neck. This pendant was a mushroom more precisely a porling. This medicinal mushroom has a strong healing effect that helps with stomach problems and being unwell. Which was probably very helpful on a long journey across the Alps.

Another treasure of the past comes from the Asian region where the use of medicinal and vital mushrooms is a living tradition (TCM traditional Chinese medicine) that has proven itself. Unfortunately, in Central Europe there are hardly any records of the medical use of medicinal mushrooms. This disappeared with the Christianization of the indigenous peoples of Europe. Some old rents are still to be found today one thinks of Christmas and the fly agaric. The Raunächte was very popular with medicine men (Santa Claus).

The individual types of mushrooms which are also called vital and medicinal mushrooms
Cordyceps-Sinensis-Heilpilz-vitalpilz-funghi

Reishi , shiny lacquer porling (Ganoderma lucidum) is probably the most familiar and at the same time is the most salutary

Der Shiitake or Shii-Take (Lentinula edodes)has a wide range of action.
Is an anti cancer and anti bacterial Mushroom

The Tibetan caterpillar  fungus (Cordyceps sinensis & Cordyceps militaris). Probably one of the best known and strongest of all currently known vital mushrooms. But also the expeniift mushroom in the world expensivest.

Maitake, (Grifola frondosa) Among mushroom lovers it is appreciated as a delicate edible mushroom. He can make an enormous contribution to health

Umbrella polypore or lumpy bracket, (Polyporus umbellatus) It is considered the oldest known antibiotic and is also highly valued for its strong antibacterial effect

Judasohr, Mu-Err-Pilz, Holunderpilz (Auricularia polytricha) – As a common edible mushroom worldwide, it is often used in many Asian. He does not taste like. but is a good mushroom for our body

Mushroom of the sun, God’s mushroom (Agaricus blazei Murrill) regulates the entire immune system, especially in cancer and autoimmune diseases

lion’s mane mushroom, monkey head mushroom, (Hericium erinaceus)
Is a very tasty mushroom, often the taste is compared with seafood. But it is not only delicious but a mushroom for our head. In ALzheimer or other brain damage this mushroom helps wonderfully. Also the support of the digestion with the Hericum are recommended. the Hericium contains nineteen free amino acids as well as polysaccharides and polypeptides

Note :
Mushrooms have the property to absorb and store pollutants, heavy metals and impurities from the environment like a magnet. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose suppliers of mushroom preparations that obtain vital mushrooms for processing from controlled organic cultivation and a high quality standard. Please renounce cheaper products from the Far East or dubious dealers for the sake of your health.