Christopher G Williams wrote: it's most obvious benefit being that it repels water, is lightweight and resists decomposition if processed correctly.
Steven Feil wrote:Don't know what Dysmenorrhea is. Guess I could look it up.........
Christopher G Williams wrote:No personal experience with using it as medicine, but as a professional forager I run into this mushroom all the time. It grows on the same tree: birch, as a mushroom I am often hunting: chaga.
It is a pretty remarkable mushroom aside from any medicinal benefits. You can pull and process a felt like material called 'Amadou' from under the cap. It has a myriad of uses as a natural fiber, it's most obvious benefit being that it repels water, is lightweight and resists decomposition if processed correctly.
I've also heard of indigenous Alaskans processing it in some way and chewing it like tobacco. Not sure what sort of effect it produces, but it seems to be pretty popular up there.
We don't have it for sale on our website presently, but we always keep a stock of it for special orders which we do get from time to time.
M.K. Dorje Jr. wrote:Fomes fomentarius (Amadou) has been used by many cultures around the world to cure an extremely wide range of problems including arthritis, cancer, bladder complaints, viral infections and dozens of other medical problems. It has been used in a tea for colds, flu, bronchitis and general debility. It has also been used as tinder to start fires or even made into hats. The only specific reference of use for dysmenorrhea that I can find is on page 147 of The Fungal Pharmacy, a book by Robert Rogers: "Killermann (1938 ) reported its use as a remedy for dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and bladder disorders, the active substance being called 'fomitin'". The referenced book by Killermann is in German and looks like a rather obscure reference. Fungi Perfecti sells a bunch of immunity-boosting Host Defense products that contain this species. They also sell purses made out of amadou that are imported from Transylvania (in Romania)! By the way, a friend of mine uses cannabis for her menstrual problems including nausea, headaches, dizziness, extreme discomfort, mood swings, pelvic cramps, etc. Your local medical cannabis clinic can provide you with more info about this popular plant remedy. Hope this info might help you a bit.
Steven Feil wrote:Just looking in Moore's book and he has nearly a full page of female reproductive area issues and associated herbs. (3.5 columns, less than one column for MALE!)
He does not mention this condition though. There are many herbs that assist with regulating female hormones though.