Wednesday, June 30, 1999

Medicinal hopes for mushrooms

Scientists in Britain believe that research into mushrooms could make them a popular medical treatment in future.

Medicines from herbs and mushrooms were once used widely in the West.

Over the past decade, there has been a resurgence in herbal medicines. In countries like Britain and the US, herbs like slippery elm are used to treat stomach upsets, and evening primrose oil is an accepted treatment for pre-menstrual tension and breast tenderness in women.

But mushrooms have been largely ignored.

In Asia, however, they have never gone out of fashion. Reishi mushrooms, for example, have been used for over 2,000 years in China and Japan to relieve the swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

Source BBC News