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Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

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About

Hericium erinaceus is a mushroom that grows on trunks of hardwood tress.

Hericium erinaceus is taken by mouth for age-related mental decline, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, depression, anxiety, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and to improve overall mental function and memory. It is also taken by mouth for long-term inflammation of the stomach lining (chronic atrophic gastritis), stomach ulcers, H. pylori infection, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

Hericium erinaceus is applied to the skin for wound healing.

As food, the fruiting body of Hericium erinaceus is consumed in Chinese and Japanese dishes.

How does it work?

Hericium erinaceus may improve the development and function of nerves. It might also protect nerves from becoming damaged. This might help prevent conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.

Hericium erinaceus also seems to help protect the mucous membrane layer of the stomach. This might help improve symptoms related to long-term swelling of the stomach lining (chronic atrophic gastritis) or stomach ulcers.

Traditionally used for

Age-related mental decline.
Swelling of the stomach lining (chronic atrophic gastritis).
Anxiety.
Dementia.
Depression.
Diabetes.
Gastric ulcers.
H. pylori infections.
High cholesterol.
Multiple sclerosis.
Parkinson's disease.
Weight loss.

Dosage

The appropriate dose of Hericium erinaceus depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Hericium erinaceus. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Possible Side Effects

Hericium erinaceus is SAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine, short-term. Hericium erinaceus has been used safely in people for up to 16 weeks. Side effects are mild and may include stomach discomfort.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Hericium erinaceus in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using.

Bleeding conditions: Hericium erinaceus might slow blood clotting. This might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding conditions. However, there are no reports of this occurring in humans.

Diabetes: Hericium erinaceus might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Hericium erinaceus.

Surgery: Hericium erinaceus might slow blood clotting. This might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using Hericium erinaceus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

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