The medicinal mushroom Hericium: hope for Alzheimer's patients and help with gastrointestinal disorders

This vital mushroom is a benefactor for the stomach and intestines. It also has a positive effect on the central nervous system, which makes it a beacon of hope for people suffering from dementia.

The medicinal mushroom Hericium erinaceus is often called hedgehog’s beard mushroom because of its appearance. In Asia, it has been known for centuries as an edible mushroom and a valuable medicinal mushroom. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses it primarily to alleviate diseases of the digestive tract and for problems in the central nervous system. People who suffer from inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract report many positive things about taking the medicinal mushroom. A powder of gently dried mushrooms has proven to be particularly effective as a dosage form, as recommended by the renowned MykoTroph Institute. The powder retains secondary plant substances, alkaloids, glycoproteins etc. from the medicinal mushroom and can thus strengthen the mucous membranes in the digestive tract and relieve inflammation. People with irritable bowel syndrome or stomach ulcers benefit from a healthy intestinal mucosa, as do reflux patients and allergy sufferers. As far as the neuroprotective properties of Hericium are concerned, the first priority is to promote nerve growth. However, the calming, relaxing effects of Hericium can also provide relief for people with high levels of agitation, sleep disorders, anxiety or depression. If you would like to test Hericium yourself, you can arrange a personal and free consultation with an expert from the MykoTroph Institute at

How does the medicinal mushroom Hericium work?

Hericenones and erinacins from the medicinal mushroom are particularly important for our central nervous system. They stimulate the so-called nerve growth factor and the maturation of oligodendrocytes. Both have a significant influence on the myelin sheaths, which are responsible for both the supply and protection of nerve fibers. This positive effect on the nerves is just as helpful for people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s as it is for Parkinson’s and neuropathy patients. The hedgehog’s goat’s beard mushroom can also have a positive influence on the recovery process after a trauma or stroke. In terms of strengthening the gastrointestinal tract, Hericium clearly stands out from the group of medicinal mushrooms. Although all medicinal mushrooms contain polysaccharides that support the intestinal flora, the hedgehog’s goat’s beard mushroom has an additional supportive effect on the mucous membrane. Its prebiotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are also beneficial to health.

More information

Further information can be found on our detailed Hericium page.

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