Lion's Mane Summary
Lion's mane is a medicinal fungus with a characteristic "shaggy" appearance — resembling that of a lions mane.
The fungus prefers temperate forests in North America, Europe, and Asia.
The medicinal benefits of lions mane primarily involve the nervous system and its interaction with nerve growth factor,
It's also a popular culinary ingredient with a flavor resembling that of lobster.
In recent years lion's mane has caught the eye of the nootropic industry for its ability to upregulate nerve growth factor.
- Alzheimer's disease
- Bacterial infection
- Cancer (supportive)
- Cognitive decline
- Gastric ulcers
- Hepatobiliary disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Wounds (topically)
- Bleeding disorders
- Surgery (discontinue 2 weeks prior to surgery)
- May interact with anticoagulant medications
How Is Lion's Mane Used?
Lion's mane is mainly used for neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and multiple sclerosis. It's also popular as a nootropic agent for supporting optimal cognitive function long term.
Herb Details: Lion's Mane
- (1:2 Liquid Extract)
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- North America, Europe, Russia, Mountainous regions of Asia
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Constituents of Interest
- Lion's Mane
- Monkey's Head
- Hedgehog Fungus
- Pom Pom
- Houtou (China)
- Shishigashira (China)
- Yamabushitake (Japan)
- Safe during pregnancy.
Duration of Use
- Long term use acceptable.
The Hericiaceae family of fungi are saprophytic, and normally grow in cooler, mountainous regions across the globe. It contains a number of species used medicinally and nutritionally.
Hericium spp. has characteristic "tooth" structures on its fruiting body, giving it a hair appearance.
Clinical Applications Of Lion's Mane:
Lion's mane has many uses, but the most well-known is as a neuroprotective, and nootropic benefits. It's useful for neurodegenerative disorders including multipple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.
Other uses include depression and anxiety, cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal infection, and fatigue.
Caution advised with any blood clotting conditions or medications due to possible agonistic interactions.
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(Updated November 2018)