In Asia, mushrooms have been used therapeutically for thousands of years and they are also used as medicines in TCM. The folk medicine of our culture was influenced and changed in the Middle Ages by the bans of the church and by Chernobyl. In contrast, the use of mushrooms in medicine has remained alive throughout Asia to this day.
We have made it our task to anchor mushrooms more in culture again. Ötzi – the Iceman – carried medicinal mushrooms with him when he crossed the Alps, and Hildegard von Bingen also mentions the power of mushrooms in her writings.
So it's basically nothing new: the mushrooms were once an integral part of our culture and were used for medicinal purposes. Unfortunately, something has come off.
Our mushroom products have just been launched and are therefore brand new on the market. Certain ingredients, such as beta-glucans or triterpenes, are released using different extraction processes. Some ingredients are water-soluble, others only dissolve with alcohol. Our products are extracts, so they contain high concentrations of the polysaccharides and glucans that are important for the body. Mushrooms often taste bitter, so we decided to sell them in capsule form.
Fungi have a chitin shell that has to be cracked in order for the fungus' ingredients to become bioavailable. We do this using the so-called shell-broken process: the polysaccharides/beta-glucans cannot be used in powder form, as they are protected in the mushroom powder by cell walls made of chitin and the human body has no chitinase to break down the chitin . During the extraction, the above Cell connections are dissolved or broken down with hot water, which releases and concentrates the polysaccharides typical of fungi. Then the indigestible dietary fiber (e.g. parts of the chitin) is strained out and disposed of.
In this way we create the best possible bioavailability for the products.
We always talk about a "natural balance"; one can also speak of the same with the fungi, because on the one hand there are the lower fungi (mold fungi or yeast fungi) and on the other hand the higher fungi.
The fungi were the first species on land. Plants only came to land millions of years later. Seen in this way, fungi are the foundation of earth formation. Every other species depends on them.
The mushroom kingdom is often associated with bad things - poisonous mushrooms, athlete's foot, mold and so on... all negatively connoted. Of the 14,000 mushrooms that are now known, about 2,000 are edible and about 700 of them contain pharmacological active ingredients. Therefore, the fungi can certainly do more than harm us. It's worth delving deeper here. In the fungi we find all the active ingredients that we find in a plant, animal or insect.
Roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers belong to the mushroom mycelium - the mushroom body is the fruit of the mushroom. Fungi know viruses, bacteria and molds or yeasts. The higher fungi have built up substances over endless years to protect themselves from all this. So we can expect something good here, because we as "mammals" have the same enemies as the mushrooms.
Among the "higher mushrooms" there is
- Saprobionts - The "garbage disposal" ensure a closed material cycle in an ecosystem. They break down the organic material that occurs and use the resulting organic molecules for their own energy and building metabolism. Since they themselves are part of the food web of an ecosystem, these organic substances are fed into the biogenic material cycle. These include mushrooms, oyster mushrooms or Reishi.
- Parasites – The "health police", which mainly attacks pre-damaged organisms and thus fulfills a similar function here as the pike in the carp pond. This ensures a healthy population of its prey by specifically targeting sick ones and weak eats. For example the honey fungus (largest creature in the world - larger than the blue whale).
- symbionts/ mycorrhizal fungi – The “partner fungus” thrives on give and take. The fungus spins its mycelium as a wickerwork around the root tips of the partner tree. These fine branches of the mycelium can absorb the minerals in the soil better than the roots of the tree. Symbiotes can therefore be used very sensibly in agriculture. The fungi then pass the minerals on to the tree, which needs them for its growth. In return, the tree supplies the fungus with carbohydrates, which the fungus cannot build up itself. About 90-95% of all plants on the planet enter into underground symbioses with fungi. The chanterelle, for example, is one of these mushrooms.
1g forest soil contains about 1000m mushroom mycelium
No fungi no future!
A lot can be achieved with the kingdom of mushrooms: From food to means to support health - but also "garbage collection" for plant protection, which detoxifies the soil.
- The Cordyceps, for example, also known as the caterpillar fungus - discovered by yak herders - grows exclusively on caterpillars of the genus Thitarodes in the plateaus of Tibet between 3,000 and 5,000 m. Effects that are interesting for humans are in documented in Chinese herbal books that are up to 2,000 years old. Cordyceps species are said to serve to strengthen the life energy "Qi". In addition to vitamins and trace elements, it contains essential amino acids and high-quality polysaccharides. Athletes in Asia have been using Cordyceps to increase energy and endurance for a long time. It is contained in QIDOSHA Anti-Ox.
- Almond mushroom AGARICUS BLAZEI MURRILL (ABM) comes from the Brazilian rainforest. Japanese scientists took a closer look at this mushroom about 40 years ago and found during investigations that in the areas where the mushroom is eaten, there was a high life expectancy of the population and cancer was almost unknown. You can also find out more about the almond mushroom here: https://www.vitalpilzratgeber.de/agaricus-blazei/
- Hedgehog's Mane/Hericium occasionally affects trees as a wound parasite, and can also be found in the crown of trees. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hericium is known for the five organs kidney, liver, spleen, heart and stomach. It should provide lasting support for digestion and general strengthening (give vitality and prevent cancer). More on this at: https://www.vitalpilzratgeber.de/hericium/
- Reishi/Shiny Lavender are parasites - their host trees are mostly deciduous trees, mostly oaks. Hildegard von Bingen said: "The mushrooms that grow on living trees are quite suitable for enjoyment and sometimes also for medicine." With their valuable ingredients, they are suitable for a variety of indications and act as adaptogens, i.e. bioactive ingredients. In order to protect themselves from viruses, bacteria and predators, these ingenious creatures create a wide variety of substances that ensure their survival.
- Shiitake is one of the saprobionts that break down indigestible, toxic biogenic material into its components and render these substances harmless.Shiitake mushrooms are not only highly valued as excellent edible mushrooms, but are also very important in naturopathy due to their countless wonderful, positive properties. Shiitake is traditionally used to treat colds, flu-like infections and immunodeficiency. Other areas of application of alternative medicine are blood pressure regulation, gout, rheumatism, arthritis and various diseases of the liver, as well as tumours, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, migraines and allergies.
- Maitake - Rattling Sponge is half parasite of weakness, half saprobiont and lives on old, diseased or on dead trees or stumps. Different cell types of the white blood cells (leukocytes) are activated by maitake and trigger a cascade of immune reactions. Maitake beta-glucans are said to enhance the immune response of the macrophages, killer cells and T-lymphocytes in the blood. There is more here: https://www.biothemen.de/Heilpflanzen/vitalpilze/maitake.html
What can the fungus do for us? It can help us to set up the body's own defences, because as I said: It has the same enemies as humans!
How can we take quality materials from nature so that your medicine is your food and your food is your medicine? That is the approach that QIDOSHA is pursuing - completely independent of mushrooms, but in general. It is important to accept the cycles of nature and to live in harmony with them.