Medicinal Mushrooms For Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Medicinal mushrooms!

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They don’t call them “medicinal mushrooms” for nothing…

In a very recent study using human participants, all 3 of these – reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), and chicken mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus) – aided in clearance of oral human papillomavirus (HPV).

After 2 months of treatment, the combination of reishi and turkey tail was much more effective (displaying 88% clearance of the virus), compared to chicken mushroom alone (5% clearance). While there are numerous strains of this sexually transmitted virus, these mushrooms (i.e. allies, companions, friends) were tested against the strains that cause cancers in 70% of all cases. And they were effective … not in petri dishes, but in humans (International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 2014).

Turkey tail is one of the most ubiquitous fungi inhabiting our woodlands in Pennsylvania. It overwinters, meaning you can harvest it today. The…

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