Lion’s Mane Mushroom is not strictly speaking, an adaptogen, rather it is a cerbrogen and ergogen with pro- adaptogenic qualities. It was used in the traditional Chinese pharmacopia to strengthen the stomach and viscera and also for inflammatory conditions of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Another interesting traditional use of Hericium was as a meditation and study aid by Zen monks due to it’s cognitive, memory and mood boosting qualities, All these uses have been confirmed by modern scientific studies which in addition have shown neuroprotective properties from the changes in the brain associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Parkinsons, Dementia.
It has also proven to be valuable in stroke recovery. Hericium has the unique property of being able to regenerate the myelin sheaths which cover the nerves all over the body and ensure the smooth transmission of electrical signals necessary for all physiological processes.
In addition Hericium is a strong antioxidant and has shown significant anti-fatigue properties in studies on athletes.