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.