Traditional Chinese Medicine

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In Europe, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has only been known since around the middle of the 20th century. The various healing methods of TCM are based, however, on centuries of experience and principles. The origins of TCM go back as far as the Stone Age, where various natural healing methods were used, as well as acupuncture. The five elements theory (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) is rooted in the teachings of Confucius. The greatest role is played in TCM by medicinal therapy with about 80 percent of treatments. The basis of medicinal therapy according to TCM are natural substances with certain properties.

Medicinal mushrooms are among the most effective and valued medicinal groups in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the index of the Chinese medicinal book “Shen Long Ben Tsao” about 2000 years old, all herbs known at the time were classified and divided into groups. The highest value group – also called the “herbs of God” – includes ginseng and the medicinal mushroom Reishi. Within this group, Reishi is even awarded the first place before all other plants as the “king of healing plants”.

Reishi, which occurs exceptionally rarely in wild nature and until around 1970 could not be cultivated either, was deemed so valuable that Chinese emperors even commanded expeditions to search for it and built temples to it. They hoped that the magical beings in the Chinese mountains would deposit the precious Reishi mushrooms there in gratitude for building the temple. Reishi is also deemed to extend life or even to ensure immortality. It therefore also bears the name “mushroom of eternal life”.

In the meantime, TCM is more than recognised also in the west as a traditional healing methodology. Especially in mycotherapy (treatment with mushrooms), many international studies have proven their effectiveness in healthcare and for many diseases and complaints.


The Ötzi the Iceman find

Not least, the spectacular Ötzi find proves that medicinal mushrooms were highly valued even in Europe early on. “Ötzi” the Iceman was carrying a relative of Coriolus versicolor in his travel apothecary 5200 years ago. This medicinal mushroom used in East Asia for generations supports the immune system in the fight against viruses and bacteria. One could therefore rightly refer to Traditional Chinese Medicine as a universal natural medicine.




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