Supplementation with these two mushrooms decimates the human papillomavirus
If you are infected with the human papillomavirus [HPV], your immune system usually fails to eliminate those viruses entirely. Carrying a malicious version of HPV can have extremely unpleasant consequences. The French immunologist Donatini Bruno published a study in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushroom in which supplementation with the mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum and Trametes versicolor helps the immune system to keep HPV under control.
Bruno experimented with 61 subjects with gingivitis. Gingivitis can have a lot of causes, but in these subjects the conidtion was due to infection with the viruses HPV 16 and 18. Physicians had discovered the viruses on a swap of the oral cavity of the subjects.
Most of the five hundred strains of the human papillomavirus are harmless, but that is certainly not the case for HPV 16 and 18. These two viruses cause about 70 percent of all cases of cervical cancer.
Bruno divided his subjects into 2 groups. One group took 2 capsules daily with dried Laetiporus sulphureus [also called crab-of-the-woods]. This group was the control group. Laetiporus sulphureus is an edible, but not a medicinal mushroom. Each capsule contained 200 milligrams of powder.
Bruno gave a second group every day a capsule with 200 milligrams of dried Ganoderma lucidum [also known as Reishi] and a capsule with 200 milligrams with 200 milligrams of dried Trametes versicolor [also known as turkey tail]. These two mushrooms have medicinal effects, and, according to numerous in vitro and animal studies, activate the immune system.
After the test subjects had taken their capsules with mushrooms for 2 months, the researchers were nog longer able to detect HPV 16 and 18 in the mouth of 5 percent of the study participants in the control group [LS]. In the subjects who had used Ganoderma lucidum and Trametes versicolor, [TV + GL] the viruses had disappeared from the oral cavity of 88 percent of the participants.
"Although this preliminary randomized study was performed on a limited number of patients, our findings confirmed the expected efficacy of Trametes versicolor + Ganoderma lucidum for the clearance of oral HPV serotypes 16 or 18", writes Bruno. "The lack of alternative therapy and the safety of these products may bring some interest to the use of mycelium against HPV."
"These results do not weaken the interest of vaccination. They may bring additional interest for routine screening of chronic portage of HPV serotypes 16 or 18 with oral swabs."
"Further studies are necessary."
Int J Med Mushrooms. 2014;16(5):497-8.
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