Morgellons Disease is a rare disorder that results in fibers appearing in the skin and can cause extreme itching, sores, and terrible lesions. Morgellons is believed to be caused by Lyme Disease. While there is no known cure for this mysterious affliction, recent research suggests that fungus may play a role in the treatment and healing of Lyme Disease directly. In this article, we will explore how fungus could help provide relief for the many patients enduring Morgellons Disease.
Exploring How Fungi May Help with Inflammation
Morgellons patients can exhibit a variety of neuropsychiatric symptoms, which are generally caused by infectious disease-induced inflammation. Consequently, medications like antidepressants and mood stabilizers tend to be ineffective in alleviating these symptoms. Antibiotics are usually successful in treating infections, however sometimes patients may develop a resistance to antimicrobials and relapses occur.
Neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with Lyme disease, also known as neuroborreliosis, can be severe and resistant to treatment. A recent case study however has uncovered a potential new way to treat neuroborreliosis – through the use of small doses of psilocybin, or “micro dosing“. Micro dosing is the act of taking a minimal amount of a substance to create subtle yet profound effects. Previous studies have shown that psilocybin is a powerful serotonergic and anti-inflammatory agent, indicating potential therapeutic benefits for those struggling with mental illness due to inflammation.
A recent case study features a 70-year-old male with Lyme disease who suffered from treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. The patient self-medicated with psilocybin at dosages ranging from 100 – 125 mg every three days, and was found to have significant improvement in symptoms, including ease of thought processing, mood stabilization, and improved sleep quality. Psilocybin is best known for its hallucinatory properties. In the case study however, hallucinations or psychedelic effects were not reported during his treatment – which suggests that psilocybin dosage may have a more direct effect on neuropsychiatric effects than previously understood.
Could Micro-dosing Fungus Heal Morgellons Sores?
Many skin conditions are associated with inflammation and how the immune system responds to it. Increases in these inflammatory mediators have been observed in Morgellons patients, suggesting that management of the immune response may hold some promise in healing the associated skin lesions.
Recently, research has demonstrated that magic mushrooms suppress immune-mediated inflammatory responses. The research proposed that these effects were caused by processes that inhibited the pro-inflammatory agents like COX-2 and cytokines, which have been implicated in several skin conditions including cancer. Subsequent research confirmed that when applied with human macrophages in-vitro, psilocybin demonstrates compelling anti-inflammatory properties.
Numerous scientific and clinical studies over the years have demonstrated the health benefits of various kinds of fungus. A comprehensive review of medicinal mushrooms by renowned mycologist Christopher Hobbs, PhD, has accounted for more than one hundred such studies on the topic. Mushrooms have earned a place of respect in both traditional herbalism and modern science which speaks volumes about their healing potential.
Should You Take Magic Mushrooms or Other Fungus for Morgellons?
Psilocybin, commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms”, is a psychoactive substance that has the potential to cause intense negative reactions shortly after ingestion. Because of the gap between consuming and the onset of the resulting effects, some people accidentally consume more psilocybin than necessary to micro dose. Consuming potentially harmful substances without understanding their consequences can be dangerous. The effect of taking too many magic mushrooms can feel like experiencing a rollercoaster ride going over 700 miles per hour with no way of slowing down or stopping – for hours. Being aware of the risks associated with “tripping” is essential before consuming psilocybin.
Micro-dosing is a popular solution among many individuals, including the featured case-study subject, due to the potential positive effects mentioned previously. But while one person experienced positive results taking magic mushrooms, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to recommend ingesting them for medical use, specifically for treating Morgellons.
Aside from magic mushrooms, various non-psychogenic species of fungus can be applied directly on the skin to potentially enhance its overall health. Research has found that using mushrooms topically provides a multitude of benefits; from hydrating the skin and promoting wound healing, to acting as a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging agent, as well as reducing redness, soothing the skin, nourishing it and giving it an overall brighter appearance.
It’s essential to educate yourself about the components of any therapies, and to discuss these options with your doctor before taking them. Remember, it’s always wise to proceed with caution when testing anything new. Start light, go slow, and be safe!
You must log in to post a comment.