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靈芝為您的狗狗帶來的驚人健康益處

The Amazing Health Benefits of Reishi for Your Dog

by Dr. Melissa Carr, Dr. TCM

May 29, 2020

A couple of years ago, we noticed our precious little girl—a sweet, now 12-year-old dog named Hana—was having a difficult time breathing and was frequently coughing.

We took her to our veterinarian, and after running a bunch of tests, Hana was ultimately diagnosed with a weak heart valve, enlarged heart, and collapsed trachea. Her breed is also prone to congestive heart failure.

The news was shocking and heartbreaking, to say the least.

Ever since then, I’ve been doing everything under the sun to make Hana’s conditions more manageable and slow its progression. If you’re anything like me, there is nothing you wouldn’t try to help ease your fur baby’s suffering and boost their quality of life.

I started using reishi mushrooms a while back to keep my immune system strong, fend off fatigue, and manage stress—this fantastic fungus isn’t called “the mushroom of immortality” for nothing. Reishi mushrooms have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for their many health boosting properties.

This got me thinking…

Can reishi mushrooms offer health benefits for dogs too?

While most studies about medicinal mushrooms are for use on humans, some veterinarians are now prescribing mushrooms like reishi to their animal patients for a wide range of reasons, including supporting cancer treatment, liver health, kidney health, heart health, immune support, blood sugar regulation, and lowering inflammation.

Here’s why.

Packed with nutrients, reishi mushrooms are renowned worldwide for their medicinal properties. These mushrooms contain an array of interesting and heath-supporting compounds, including beta glucans and ganoderic acids called triterpenes that are shown to regulate the immune system and help protect against cancer.

Reishi Mushrooms also contain antioxidants, including zinc, vitamin C, and selenium. These antioxidants help nourish, detoxify, and protect the liver, as well as fight free radicals that can compromise liver functioning.

If your pet suffers from diabetes, reishi mushrooms may be able to help manage this disease. Powerful compounds found in these mushrooms have been shown to reduce blood sugar and help control glucose levels.

Finally, and most importantly for my Hana, reishi mushrooms may help support heart health by boosting blood supply and oxygen delivery to the heart. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the red reishi mushrooms, in particular, are said to support heart health. Classified in the TCM textbooks as calming the nervous system, they also help my Hana settle down, as getting too excited puts too much stress on her body.

One of the big benefits of medicinal mushrooms like reishi mushroom is that they appear to be extremely safe. Occasional side effects could include mild digestive upset, skin rash, or dry mouth, but they resolve after discontinuing. It’s also important to talk to your veterinarian about your animal, especially if they have complex health conditions or are on medications.

What I know is that I feel good including reishi mushrooms in her diet. I sprinkle it on her food and her “sibling’s” (another dog; his name is Kendo) food too because I want them in my life as long and as healthy as possible.

Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr has a passion for sharing health information. She has been a nutrition instructor and a health consultant, lecturer, and writer for 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper, Fraser Health Authority, UBC, and the David Suzuki Foundation, amongst others. www.activetcm.com

(以上原文翻譯)

靈芝為您的狗狗帶來的驚人健康益處

幾年前,我們注意到珍貴及可愛的狗狗哈娜,呼吸困難並且經常咳嗽。

於是,我們便帶她去看獸醫。經過一輪測試後,哈娜最終被診斷出患有心臟瓣膜薄弱,心臟擴大和氣管塌陷。而獸醫告訴我們,她的品種也是比較容易患上心臟衰竭的。

這個消息實在令人震驚和令人心碎。

從那時起,我希望用盡所有方法,使哈娜的病情更易於控制並減緩其進展。如果你是我,相信只要有方法可以幫助減輕寵物的痛苦並提高他們的生活質量,你亦一定會嘗試。


一直以來,我都會服用靈芝來維持身體免疫力,抵抗疲勞和控制壓力。這種奇妙的真菌被稱為“長生不老蘑菇”,它能為身體帶來很多健康的益處,在傳統中醫學中已經使沿用了幾個世紀。

這令我聯想到…… 


靈芝能為狗狗帶來健康益處嗎?

雖然大多數有關藥用蘑菇的研究都是針對人類進行的,但現在有些獸醫亦會向動物病者處方藥用蘑菇如靈芝去輔助治療,如癌症治療,維持肝臟、腎臟健康、增強免疫力、調節血糖和減輕炎症。

以下就是固中原因….

因為靈芝含豐富維生素及礦物質,藥用特性享譽全球,其次它所含的化合物如β-葡聚醣、靈芝酸、三萜類,可調節免疫系統並有助預防癌症。

靈芝更含有鋅,維生素C等抗氧化劑,有助於滋養、排毒和保護肝臟,可以抵抗自由基,有效阻止自由基損害肝臟功能。

如果寵物患有糖尿病,靈芝亦可以幫助控制病情,因為靈芝所含的化合物已被證明可以幫助降低血糖及控制血糖水平。

最後,對於哈娜而言,最重要的是,靈芝可以幫助維持心臟健康。因為靈芝可以增加心臟的血液供應和氧氣輸送。根據傳統中醫理論,靈芝中的赤靈芝特別能促進心臟健康。而在中醫教科書中,亦提及赤靈芝有安撫神經系統的功效,可以避免哈娜過度活躍,而造成肌內及關節過勞。。

而藥用蘑菇如靈芝的最大好處就是它們似乎非常安全。偶發的副作用可能包括輕度的消化不良,皮疹或口乾,但在停止服用後即可緩解。如你的寵物健康狀況較為復雜或正在服用其他藥物時,最重要就是與獸醫保持溝通。

我現在每天都會將靈芝撒在哈娜和她的“兄弟姐妹”(另一隻狗狗,名字叫Kendo) 的食物上,因為我希望它們可以更長壽及健健康康。

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