Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects nearly 10 million people in the United States and nearly 3-6% of the world population.
A promising double-blind, randomized human clinical study of ganoderma lucidum, also known as reishi mushroom, has been shown to be effective in treating fibromyalgia chronic pain.
To begin, science knows that the reishi mushroom is the most studied nutraceutical and that it has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years. It is often called the mushroom of longevity and immortality.
Reishi has several biologically-active compounds in it, including triterpenes, which have been shown to increase the production of Nerve Growth Factor. NGF is a protein that helps to create new neurons and repair damaged neurons. This also enhances the communication between cells and reduces inflammation.
Reishi has also been shown to be beneficial for many other things, including reducing blood pressure and boosting the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
In the fibromyalgia chronic pain study, one group consumed 6 grams of reishi mushroom powder per day and another group consumed 6 grams of carob powder per day. Each group participated for 6 weeks and continued to self-report their experiences for 72 days after the treatment. The reishi mushroom group experienced pain reduction by up to 30%, which is significant.
They also reported getting better sleep, were happier and gained aerobic endurance and body flexibility.
Further studies with reishi on fibromyalgia would be wonderful, especially those including nutrients like D-ribose, fulvic and humic acid, and iodine. All of those nutrients have been reported by many to help ease the fibromyalgia-related pain and it would be fascinating to see the potential effects from different combinations of them. Scientists could also further study the role of reishi mushrooms in conditions like neuropathy (tingling of the nerves) and arthritic pain.
For more information, check out the 3 minute video describing this study:
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