Healing Endometriosis Symptoms with Medicinal Mushrooms
In autumn 2018, I was really fed up of feeling way below normal in terms of my energy and cognitive function. You may know from some of my other pieces, that I’ve managed to eradicate or minimise the majority of my endometriosis symptoms - but endometriosis fatigue and brain fog still plague me. It’s getting better with each change I make, but last year I was still finding myself struggling to get through the day. My boyfriend was super keen for me to listen to a podcast all about medicinal mushrooms, and once I listened, I could see why - medicinal mushrooms can help reduce fatigue, improve cognitive function and even reduce inflammation. Sounds pretty good for healing endometriosis symptoms right? That’s what I thought anyway! I already follow an anti-inflammatory endometriosis diet - so why not add some mushrooms into the mix?
I started doing further research and pinpointed some of the key mushrooms I thought could help me with healing endometriosis naturally. I’ll save my full verdict for another time, but I’m feeling sharper than I have in years, so for Endometriosis News, I wrote a piece all about these incredible mushrooms in case you’d like to try them too. You can read a snippet of the column below, or head straight to Endometriosis News to read the full piece…
Could Mushrooms Help Me Manage My Endometriosis Symptoms?
Have you noticed that mushrooms are having a moment? What I’ve been learning about mushrooms from experts such as Tero Isokauppila and Paul Stamets sounds incredibly promising. My research had led me to explore whether mushrooms (I mean the legal kind) could help with my endometriosis symptoms.
I haven’t begun using mushrooms yet. However, I do intend to, and if the results are positive, I will, of course, update you. I’m not an expert so what I discuss here is what I’ve learned from my research.
It’s no secret that I struggle with endo brain fog. I’ve often wondered what this endo brain fog actually is. Is it just fatigue? Or is there more to it? I feel like my intellect has diminished in the past few years. My vocabulary is smaller, I forget words and sentences, and my brain doesn’t feel as sharp as before. The experience of fellow endo warrior Abby Norman resonates with me. She describes her cognitive decline in her book “Ask Me About My Uterus.” It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in my struggles with this symptom, but I am tired of my daily challenges with brain fog.
So, imagine my curiosity when I discovered that the lion’s mane mushroom has the potential to improve memory and encourage brain neurons to regenerate. It’s even being used in studies on patients with dementia.
Have you tried medicinal mushrooms for endometriosis? I’m planning on trying chaga next - let me know in the comments if you’ve had any success with it!