This Mushroom Improves Cancer Outcomes.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a recent trial at the University of Sydney in Australia (originally published in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June, 2012) that has confirmed that reishi mushrooms can help protect against cancer.
As noted in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/this-mushroom-improves-cancer-outcomes), the kidney-shaped mushrooms are originally from Southeast Asia, but now grow wherever the climate is warm enough. They’re harvested and—for medicinal purposes—dried, or made into a tea or extract.
As reported in the article, “This Mushroom Improves Cancer Outcomes,” reishi mushrooms have been found to exert some beneficial effects on the immune system. The reishi mushroom contains some potent compounds that can significantly help increase your immune system’s ability to fight off bacteria and other foreign invaders. Other compounds play a role in helping to boost production of antibodies that target infection, thereby stopping its spread to other cells.
But as the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports, the reishi mushroom has now been proven to help protect against cancer, along with its positive immune effects. Researchers in Australia evaluated the clinical effects of reishi mushrooms on long-term survival, tumor response, immune function, and quality of life in cancer patients, as well as adverse events associated with its use.
According to the article, the trial was a large-scale review of five clinical trials that compared the efficacy of reishi medications to a placebo control in patients with cancer. All types and stages of cancer were eligible for inclusion.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers found evidence that patients given reishi extract, along with chemo/radiotherapy, were more likely to respond positively compared to chemo/radiotherapy alone. Conversely, reishi treatment alone did not demonstrate the same tumor regression rate seen in combined therapy. Four studies showed that patients in the reishi group had relatively improved quality of life in comparison to controls. Only one of the studies recorded minimal side effects, including nausea and insomnia.
The article notes that while researchers concluded that they didn’t find sufficient evidence to justify the use of reishi mushroom as a first-line treatment for cancer, they do recommend that the extract could be administered as an alternative complement to conventional treatment.
(SOURCE: Jin, X., et al., “Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment,” Cochrane Database Syst. Rev., June 13, 2012; 6: CD007731.)
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