Magic mushrooms can be one of the miraculous cancer treatment options in the near future
Cancer patients can truly tell how traumatic the whole cancer experience can be. Even if you have seen a loved one suffering from the disease you should know that it really takes a toll on individuals. Moreover, the physical effects of cancer are tremendous but with recent advancements in technology and medical science we have seen an increase in cancer survival rates along with reduced physical symptoms. Newer cancer treatment options are being found and even the herbalists have confirmed that there are various natural elements that possess cancer curing properties. One recent revelation has indeed left us spell bound and that is the power of the mighty magic mushroom in combating cancer symptoms. Take a look at the details of this unique cancer treatment option.
1 Mushrooms are more than just a tasty food
So, you thought that mushrooms can only form a tasty filling for your omelette? Think over! Mushrooms should be renamed as “magic mushrooms” because this mysterious fungus with a kingdom and class of its own has not only fascinated civilizations and cultures across the world since centuries but today it has come off as an offbeat potential killer to the deadly disease- Cancer.
It was the ancient Egyptians who believed that eating mushrooms can give you longer life. Though their scientific reasons were not sound enough, modern scientists studying the medicinal properties of the mushroom class have given us some enthralling results.
2 The Controversial component- Psilocybin!
Dr. Roland R. Griffiths, Professor of Behavioral Biology and Researcher of Neuroscience at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, has recently published a study that evaluated the psychological effects psilocybin had on adults. Psilocybin is an active component occurring naturally in various species of mushroom. Once a person consumes mushroom, the body quickly metabolizes the component into psilocin. This activates the serotonin receptors and causes a psychoactive experience. Commonly known as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms” on the streets, psilocybin along with a host of other hallucinogenic drugs were declared illegal after their classification as Schedule 1 drugs in the 1980s. Such drugs were deemed as unacceptable for medical use and highly potential for abuse.
3 Psilocybin leads to a positive life
However, Dr. Griffith and his team of experts are working for changing the general perception of such drugs namely psilocybin in order to make them fit for medicinal use. The drugs were administered in a controlled environment in the presence of medical professionals. In the study that was conducted at John Hopkins University, participants confirmed positive experiences due to psilocybin. While some claimed that they were able to feel more happy and calm, others said that it helped them give up their smoking and drinking habits. Some even affirmed that it made them a positive individual and they led a happy marital life and were more compassionate and peace loving.
4 Popular mushroom varieties
Over the years, reishi, shiitake and maitake, are the popular mushroom varieties that have been a part of several scientific studies. Reishi has been used in Chinese medicines since 2000 years and is known for its immune boosting and anti cancer properties. It has also been linked to cancer cell death.
Maitake mushrooms are also believed to possess similar qualities. Research has revealed that maitake can stimulate the immunity systems of patients with breast cancer. It has also been seen that non-toxic concentrations of PL fractions that are found in this variety of mushroom, when combined in appropriate quantities with vitamin C can reduce the growth of bladder cancer cells by as much as 90% within 72 hours.
And the richest in medicinal properties among the other varieties of mushrooms is shiitake. Apart from shiitake being used in the kitchen as a delicious cooking ingredient, it is famed in the medical world for its compound called lentinan. It is a polysaccharide that can increase the survival rate of patients suffering from cancer. In fact, lentinan has properties that can increase duration of mean survival, tumor necrosis and also reduce the rate of recurrence.
5 Medical trials are still on the go
However, this never means that one can eat too much of mushrooms. A lot of drugs are derived from plants and researchers are leaving no stone unturned to come up with such drugs that contain mushroom components. But, these fungi are a treasure trove that still needs to be opened and discovered more. Extensive medical trials are on the go and we have to wait for the ultimate results. Hope the “magic mushroom”, can be a miraculous cancer treatment option.