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by Suzie Cyrenne March 23, 2023 5 min read
Today I’m going to talk about medicinal mushrooms and how you can use them as natural immune system boosters.
What makes these fungi really amazing is that they have also been seen to possess antioxidant, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and even anticancer properties in a number of scientific studies! Make sure you follow along to learn more…
Okay, dog parents, today we’re going to be talking about natural remedies. It’s one of my favorite topics and I learned so much about them while I was studying to become a homeopath. In fact, I’ve spent years in the dog health field for close to a decade.
And if you’re a dog parent dealing with a cancer diagnosis, I want you to know that we’re here for you. I want to make sure you have access to all the information and natural products you need to support your pup during this challenging time.
As a homeopath, I help pet parents every day just like you care for a sick pet. I’m also the co-founder of Zumalka and that’s why I know that natural products can help animals through their toughest moments, including cancer.
Let’s go over my top nine natural remedies and how you can use each one to boost your dog’s immune system while he’s dealing with a cancer diagnosis...
It’s a type of mushroom that’s popular in Japan. But what’s interesting is that this fungus originally hails from Brazil. According to the US National Library of Medicine, this mushroom’s anti-tumor properties have been observed in mice afflicted with prostate cancer, ovarian cancer as well as other types of cancer.
Considered as another kind of medicinal mushroom, this fungi grows on birch trees. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that the chaga mushroom is great for controlling inflammation and swelling, not to mention helping boost the immune system. It’s also used to prevent and treat cancer and works as a liver protectant, too.
Also known as the “lion’s mane mushroom,” this fungi is quite rare and only grows on oak, beech and maple trees. According to the US National Library of Medicine, it’s commonly used for its antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. The Hericium mushroom is commonly used to support the immune system in cases of brain cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and other general cancers in dogs.
These mushrooms are another popular natural remedy to support the immune system in dogs that have a cancer diagnosis. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center relates that they’re commonly used for generalized bone cancer. And they’re also great for supporting dogs through the side effects of harsher cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Additionally, they’re used to slow the growth of tumors and even stimulate certain immune cells. Maitake mushrooms may even help control diabetes, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
It’s probably one of your most familiar on this list. And it’s actually a very popular mushroom to cook with. Shiitake is also used to help support liver and pancreatic cancer according to the US National Library of Medicine. It was also reported that shiitake mushrooms have tons of valuable antioxidant, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-cancer properties.
It’s a type of mushroom that attacks unhealthy and dead wood. This one’s also very common all around the world. According to Medical News Today, it’s used in the medical setting to stimulate the immune system and that its extract may be effective against certain kinds of cancer.
This is because scientists have found that it can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, especially if it’s used in combination with chemotherapy. This fungus is commonly used as a natural remedy for lung cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer, sinus cancer and even hemangiosarcoma.
The US National Library of Medicine says this fungus has been used by traditional healers for centuries. This natural remedy is also used to treat cancer, asthma, diabetes and several other health issues. Specifically, they point out that this mushroom is commonly used for cancers in the bladder, kidneys, lungs, sinuses, spleen and leukemia.
Even though research on this mushroom is still a bit limited, Medical News Today says reishi has been observed to stimulate the immune system and may even have special cancer-fighting properties.
A quick reminder, though. Although reishi has been used for over 2000 years, it’s still important to consult your dog’s veterinarian on this one, because it can be toxic in higher doses. Some dog parents use this natural remedy for cancers in the glands, colon, intestines and rectum.
Considered as an “all-around” mushroom for its list of health benefits, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reveals that this fungus has been seen to effectively inhibit “both cell proliferation and migration” of lung carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma and breast cancer cell lines.
Moreover, Piptoporus betulina is also the main ingredient of Zumalka’s PIPTOPET, which helps strengthen the immune system, promote better overall health as well as a better quality of life.
PIPTOPET also uses a gentle holistic approach to caring for dogs with cancer. And it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals that can set off any adverse side effects sooner or later, only high-quality ingredients.
Given its premium ingredients and immune system-boosting effects, PIPTOPET has already helped a lot of dog parents whose canine family members are battling cancer. Why don’t we check out the story of Bo the Cocker Spaniel?
“My English Cocker Spaniel, Bo, had a small lump on his neck. It got bigger so I took him to the vet to have a check up. Bo was given a biopsy that confirmed it was malignant oral melanoma. He was referred to an oncologist. I was told that it has spread all over his lungs. He had 30 lymph nodes in his lungs alone.
Bo was given one to three months to live. My heart was torn to pieces. I found the Zumalka website and got health guidance for his melanoma cancer. It has helped Bo like a miracle. He is active, does his daily activities, uses the bathroom, eats and goes for his walk and goes up and down the stairs.”
As you can see, Bo ended up living a happier, healthier life. And this wraps up our list of top natural remedies for pets with cancer. If you want to keep learning about natural remedies and other homeopathic products, feel free to contact us at any time to reach out to a pet homeopathy professional.
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues. Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA. When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.
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