Hericium erinaceus is taken by mouth for a decline in memory and thinking skills in older people that is more than what is normal for their age, Alzheimer disease and dementia, depression, anxiety, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, and to improve overall mental function and memory. It is also taken by mouth for swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers, H. pylori infection, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, and weight loss.
Hericium erinaceus is applied to the skin for wound healing.
As food, the fruiting body of Hericium erinaceus is consumed in Chinese and Japanese dishes.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Memory and thinking skills (cognitive function). Early research shows that taking Hericium erinaceus doesn't improve cognitive function in middle-aged adults.
- Decline in memory and thinking skills in older people that is more than what is normal for their age. Taking Hericium erinaceus powder seems to improve mental function in elderly Japanese men and women with mild mental decline. However, within four weeks of stopping supplementation, mental function appears to decline.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis). Early research suggests that taking Hericium erinaceus improves pain in the upper portion of the stomach in more people with long-term swelling of the stomach lining compared to placebo. It also seems to reduce the development of precancerous cells in the stomach of people with this condition.
- Stomach ulcers.
- A digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori).
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
- Multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Parkinson disease.
- Wound healing, when applied to affected area.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Hericium erinaceus is safe when applied to the skin or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Bleeding conditions: Hericium erinaceus might slow blood clotting. This might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding conditions. However, there are no reports of this occurring in humans.
Diabetes: Hericium erinaceus might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Hericium erinaceus.
Surgery: Hericium erinaceus might slow blood clotting. This might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using Hericium erinaceus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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