Overview of the Ebola Virus
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus. It damages the immune system and organs. It kills 90% of the people who are affected.
- Guinea – 1540 cases, 904 deaths
- Liberia – 4665 cases, 2705 deaths
- Nigeria – 20 cases, 8 deaths
- Senegal – 1 case, 0 deaths (infection originated in Guinea)
- Sierra Leone – 3706 cases, 1259 deaths
- Spain – 1 case, 0 deaths
- United States – 3 cases, 1 death (infection originated in Liberia)
You can visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/history/chronology.html to know more about the history.
Most people will say that that a cure will be found soon but how soon are we looking at? Can all of us wait for the cure and suffer from fears from this unknown hemorrhagic fever?
Increase Immunity with Medicinal Mushrooms
Since Ebola typically attacks the immune system, can I safely say that if our immune system is supercharged, we may not get the virus or even fight it off faster?
Perhaps, medicinal mushrooms can help fight off the virus in general. Mushrooms are known for its medicinal purposes and is documented in the Chinese pharmacopoeia. Scientific researchers from all fields including western medicine acknowledge that traditional Chinese medicine and immunology have the ability to prevent tumor growth, increase immune function, demonstrate antibacterial and antiviral activity. The most researched of the medicinal mushroom is Ganoderma lucidium (Lingzhi, Reishi).
Let me write more on lingzhi.
The Science behind Lingzhi
Medicinal mushrooms represent a valuable source of useful natural products with a wide range of biological activities and having no side effects.
Of approximately 15,000 known species, 2,000 are safe for human health, and about 700 of them possess medicinal properties (Wasser 2002, 2010; Chang and Wasser 2012).
Medicinal mushroom mycology has deep and firm roots in fungi’s traditional uses in the medicine of the Far East. For centuries, Chinese and other healthcare practitioners employed mushrooms to treat various diseases.
Only at the end of the 1960s did Eastern and Western scientists start to investigate the mechanisms of the health effects of mushrooms. The first successful research discovered the antitumor effects of hot water extracts from several mushroom species. The main active components proved to be polysaccharides, specifically b-D-glucans.
Medicinal mushrooms contain a large amount of polysaccharides, especially b-glucans. Polysaccharides are the best known and most potent mushroom-derived substances with antitumor and immunomodulating properties. Polysaccharides from mushrooms do not attack cancer cells directly, but produce their antitumor effects by activating different immune responses in the host.
In Japan, China, Russia, and Korea, several different polysaccharide antitumor drugs have been developed from the fruiting bodies, mycelia, and culture media of various medicinal mushrooms.
These antitumor polysaccharides are regarded as biological response modifiers that activate immunological responses. This basically means that they cause no harm and place no additional stress on the body; they help the body to adapt to various environmental and biological stresses; and they have non-specific action on the body, supporting some or all of the major systems, including nervous, hormonal, and immune systems, as well as regulatory functions.
Species of Ganoderma used in Oriental folk medicine refer to “Ling Zhi,” “Chi Zhi,, “Ling Chi,” “Ling Chih,” “Ling Qi,” “Zi Zhi,” “Reishi,” “10,000 year mushroom,” “Herb of spiritual potency,” and “Mushroom of Immortality” in the Chinese literature and have traditionally been labeled Ganoderma lucidum in the scientific literature. However, there is now accumulative evidence that most species reported as G. lucidum in most studies were wrongly identified (Wasser et al., 2006).
In particular, I would like to highlight this species of Lingzhi that we are researching on.
The medicinal mushroom Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae
The medicinal mushroom Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae (“Sung-Shan-Ling-Chih” or “Jannieae Lingzhi”) is a highly prized white-rot polypore fungi (belonging to Ganodermataceae, Polyporales, higher Basidiomycetes) that is primarily characterized by the formation of a double-walled echinulate basidiospores.
Ganoderma tsugae var. jannieae contains a large amount of polysaccharides, especially different types of β-glucans. According to the Patent WO/2009/017462 (Wasser and Lee 2009), this species is rich in nutriceutical agents and biologically active compounds including proteins rich in essential amino acids and carbohydrates, vitamins, and lipids rich in essential fatty acids. Also, dietary fibers belonging to glucans, chitin, pectinous substances, and hemi-celluloses or polyuronides are abundant in mycelial biomass, which are capable of absorbing bile acids or hazardous materials in the intestine and thus can act as carcinostatics and decrease various kinds of poisoning.
In addition, G. tsugae var. jannieae has unique importance as a modulator of the NF-κB activation pathway that plays critical roles in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. It is an antioxidant suitable as supplements in the human diet for preventing or reducing oxidative damage caused by oxidative stress reaction. Also this medicinal mushroom plays an important role as an immunomodulator and affects inflammatory processes.
Regular intake enhance immunity to combat your disease state
Regular intake may enhance the immune responses of the human body, thereby increasing resistance to disease, and in some cases causing regression of a disease state.
Lingzhi dietary supplements are valued for their:
- immune regulating (modulating) effect
- anti-cancer effect
- hypolipidemic effect
- hypotensive effect
- hypoglycemic effect
- anti-oxidation and free radical scavenging effect
- anti-aging effect
- protective effect on radiotherapy/chemotherapy-induced injuries
- chemical and immunological liver injury prevention
- anti-viral properties
As mentioned in my article weeks ago, regular intake of such mushrooms can increase your immunity, which means the chances of getting sick is lesser. Less cold, flu, fever and infection can keep you away from Bird flu or possibly the Ebola virus as well.
Let me emphasize again that at this point of time, we do not have any full proof treatment, vaccine or cure for Ebola. Symptoms that I have highlighted from my previous article shows that fever reducing and adequate fluid together with proper and early treatment can help the immune system fight the virus could also increase survival for the patient.
Why not give it a try?
I am not a Doctor and I merely wrote this based on what I have read so far. Do a search online to find out more about the medicinal mushrooms and how the active ingredients, beta glucan and polysaccharides can aid your immunity.
Use your immune system to stay well. Eat healthy. Rest well. And God bless.
#Eloba #cure #cdc #health #ébola #EbolaenChile #Healthcare #scientifictradition #scientifictrad #anndylian #protect #natural #immune #immunity #lingzhi #social #linkedin #feature #featured #healthy #awareness
Chief Marketing Officer
Scientific Tradition Pte Ltd
- Image credit: www.huffingtonpost.com
Recent articles that I have published:
- How can green tea benefit all of us?
- 3 Ways to improve your metabolism
- Understanding Chinese Medicine: What is it?
- What is the secret to a long and healthy life?
- Age of Abundance: Bring changes for the world
- How to get a good night sleep?
- What is Ganoderma tsugae var jannieae?
- Lingzhi for Better Health and Total Well-being
- Hair loss – What are your treatment options?
- How can we do our part in handling the Ebola crisis?
- What makes Cordyceps so special?
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. All information is intended only to help you cooperate with your doctor, in your efforts toward desirable weight levels and health. Only your doctor can determine what is right for you. You should always do what is right for your own personal life.)