TRADITIONAL LION’S MANE MUSHROOM BENEFITS AND USES
Traditionally, lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) has been a mainstay in Chinese medicine for promoting healthy digestion and liver function.
It is also considered an overall rejuvenating health tonic.
In China, it’s called “monkey head mushroom.”
In Japan, it is called yamabushitake which means “mountain priest mushroom.”
It’s named after the Yamabushi sect of hermit Buddhist monks believed to possess supernatural powers. (2)
According to legend, they used lion’s mane to stay focused during meditation.
Lion’s mane is found not only in Asia.
It’s also native to parts of Europe and North America where it goes by many equally descriptive names such as sheep’s head, bear’s head, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, and pom pom blanc.
Interestingly, it can also look somewhat like a human brain.
LION’S MANE BENEFITS, BACKED BY SCIENCE
The latest science supports the traditional benefits of lion’s mane and has discovered some new ones.
The list of the reported benefits of lion’s mane is a long one!
It shows promise for treating certain kinds of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, gastric ulcers, and diseases of the kidney and liver.
Additionally, it is neuroprotective and can help with some of the most common mood disorders and neurological diseases.
So far, approximately 70 bioactive compounds have been discovered in lion’s mane.
” Lion’s mane mushroom contains two groups of compounds not found anywhere else — the hericenones and the erinacines.
Some have antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, or immune-boosting characteristics.
Others work by stimulating the formation of important brain chemicals.