Auricularia: What Is The Effect Of The Fungus?

Auricularia is a popular edible mushroom. Naturopaths recommend it because of its effect on cardiovascular diseases. It is said to improve the flow of blood. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also recommends Auricularia for inflammation.

The positive effect of the edible mushroom Auricalaria is mainly known in traditional Chinese medicine. The botanical name Auricularia polytricha describes a fungus that is called Judas Ear in German. It is distributed worldwide and grows on the wood of living or dead deciduous trees. For Chinese dishes in Germany, you usually get dried mushrooms (“Mu-Err”), which are soaked and then cooked together with meat and vegetables. Auricularia has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for several centuries.

What are the areas of application and what is the effect of Auricularia?

The mushroom Auricularia contains vitamins from the B group, but also minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. That is why naturopaths recommend it as a dietary supplement if there is an increased need for micronutrients. According to traditional Chinese medicine, patients with cardiovascular diseases and high cholesterol benefit from Auricularia. The fungus is said to improve the fluidity of the blood – as a measure against blood clots (thrombosis) or against hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis). Blood circulation improves and pain decreases. Naturopaths also suspect a blood pressure-lowering effect. Other areas of application for treatment with Auricularia are inflammation of the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes. This is where TCM doctors turn to Auricularia. They suspect that the fungus acts as an immune modulator, i.e. it normalizes an excessive reaction of the body’s defenses. However, Auricularia should not be compared with classic medicines from conventional medicine. There are hardly any high-quality studies with humans. The fungus was often only studied in cell cultures or animal experiments. For this reason, statements on the treatment of serious illnesses should be evaluated very cautiously. It is recommended to always follow your doctor’s advice – and to take all recommended medications regularly.

Application: In what dosage should Auricularia be used?

Although Auricularia is a popular edible mushroom, fresh mushrooms are not used in TCM. There are several reasons for this: Auricularia can only be kept for a limited time, even in the refrigerator. And you would have to eat larger amounts of the fresh mushroom regularly, which not everyone likes. Therefore, Auricularia is dried and pressed into capsules or tablets as a powder. Since there are different manufacturers and different preparations, patients should always first find out about the dosage from the package leaflet. Take the capsules or tablets with plenty of water. Indigestion may occur initially.

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