Answer: Yes. Medicinal mushrooms can be an excellent adjunct for fighting autoimmune diseases. Rather than being simply “immune boosters,” medicinal mushrooms are considered “immune modulators.” This means that when necessary, in situations of immune dysfunction or autoimmune disorders, they can work to calm an overactive immune system and bring it back into a healthy balance, while also promoting overall health and wellness.
Immunomodulating activity of medicinal mushroom polysaccharide metabolites relates to their effects on immune effecter cells such as hematpoietic stem cells, lymphocytes, macrophages, T cells, dendritic cells (DCs), and natural killer (NK) cells. These cells are involved in innate and adaptive immunity, and result is the production of biologic response modifiers that can help restore a healthy immune response.
Research has shown that compounds in medicinal mushrooms have immunoregulatory properties and can provide a promising therapeutic strategy for the treatment of autoimmune disorders such as T cell-mediated inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
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