The study reveals remarkable Agarikon antimicrobial properties in addition to its already established antiviral and antibacterial properties.
In a recent study published in Mycology: An International Journal on Fungal Biology, Agarikon mushroom, also known as Laricifomes officinalis and Fomitopsis officinalis, showed antimicrobial properties. Continued research will help to assess its antimicrobial potential.
What Is Agarikon?
Agarikon is a polyporoid fungus often used to provide support for treatment of pulmonary diseases. It has long been recognized for its antiviral, antibacterial, and trypanocidal properties. Bioactive molecules recently isolated from this fungus have also been shown to have remarkable antimicrobial effects.
Agarikon and its biologically active substances may be promising future source materials for the pharmaceutical industry to help treat various diseases with minimum toxicity and minimum side effects.
Agarikon Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antibacterial Properties
Agarikon (Laricifomes officinalis) is a medicinal polypore that has been used for millennia to provide support for pulmonary and other diseases. Agarikon shows broad-spectrum antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial activity, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Ortopox virus.
In 65 A.D, Greek physician Dioscorides called Agarikon “elixirium ad longam vitam,” which means “the elixir of long life.” Dioscorides’ encyclopedia of diseases, medicines, and plant-based remedies was possibly the first herbal medical manual. In ancient Greece, Agarikon was used to treat respiratory illnesses, night sweats, and tuberculosis. Today, Agarikon is used to provide support for coughs, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and infected wounds. The potential for Agarikon antimicrobial support is being actively studied, along with the potential benefits of other polypores.
Chlorinated coumarins from mycelia have been shown to be directly responsible for antiviral-antibacterial activity. Lanostane triterpenoids from basidiomes have been shown to be directly responsible for trypanocidal activity.
Linden Botanicals sells Agarikon as an extract. We also sell Agarikon as one of six herbal extracts in our ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kits. The other extracts in the kit include Cistus incanus, Phyllanthus niruri, and Rosa rugosa (Rose Hips). We created this proprietary collection to provide support for colds, flus, coughs, and invading pathogens.
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