Agarikon mushroom extract (Laricifomes officinalis) may provide immune system support and help to protect against viral infections.
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What is Agarikon?
Agarikon is a wood decay fungus that grows to resemble a very large beehive. It grows like a fruit hanging from the places where branches connect to trunks on old tall trees.
The word “Agarikon” comes from the name of an ancient Scythian people (ancient tribes of nomadic warriors who originally lived in what is now southern Siberia). The mushroom was so important to these people that they took it as a totem and named themselves after the fungus.
Early Europeans and Central Asians traditionally used this species for treatment of many ailments and infectious diseases, including coughing illnesses, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, bleeding, and infected wounds.
Mythic, Ritual, and Therapeutic Benefits
Agarikon extract shows evidence of a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral activity. A recent article in Mycology states that Agarikon mushroom is “recognised as medicinal for millennia all over its distribution range, particularly against pulmonary diseases. The first written report about the so-called Agarikon is by the protopharmacologist Dioscorides Pedanios (I century AD), but [its] use has thereafter been documented on Alps, Central and Eastern Europe, Urals, Siberia and North America, where it sometimes acquired mythic and ritual significance. Far beyond the folk superstition, bioactive molecules have been recently isolated from this fungus and proved to show remarkable antimicrobial effect.”
In a Huffington Post article called “Agarikon: Ancient Mushroom for Modern Medicine,” mycologist Paul Stamets wrote, “I am convinced Agarikon and other polypore mushrooms hold yet-undiscovered medicines of incalculable value. If Agarikon’s antivirals prove to be effective in clinical trials, I do not think it is an exaggeration to say we should save our old growth forests as a matter of national defense.”
Agarikon — The Elixir of Long Life
Greek physician Dioscorides described Agarikon as “elixirium ad longam vitam” (“the elixir of long life”) in 65 A.D. in Materia Medica. His encyclopedia of diseases, medicines, and plant-based remedies was possibly the first herbal medical manual. In ancient Greece, Agarikon was used to treat respiratory illnesses, night sweats, and consumption — later known as tuberculosis.
Agarikon is a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, and it has demonstrated antiviral properties. Inflammation helps to protect the body against different harmful stimuli, such as infection, chemical exposure, tissue damage, trauma, and bacteria exposure. However, excessive inflammation may harm tissues and organisms and has been associated with the development and onset of such inflammation-related diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
Agarikon is active against viruses and bacteria, suggesting that it may provide a natural bioshield against potential infection and disease transmission.
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