A growing body of research–animal and human–on fungi, particularly mushrooms, supports the use of these plants to treat Alzheimer’s, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, substance use disorders, MDD, post-traumatic stress disorder, high risk of stroke, and support the immune system. They are also being utilized to reduce the likelihood of cancer invasion and metastasis due to anti-tumor attributes. Mushrooms act as antibacterial, immune system enhancer and cholesterol lowering agents.
On September 22, 2023, the GW Office of Integrative Medicine and Health (OIMH) will hold a day-long continuing education (CE) conference to explore innovative treatments using fungi. During the GW Medicinal Fungi Conference, the OIMH will bring leading researchers together to give talks and discuss the use of fungi for illness and to promote well-being including new treatments and what needs to be done to expand research in this area of study.