In European countries folk medicine (Stinkhorn mushroom - English name) is usually used as a juice from fresh fungi fruit bodies.
Ancient Romans dedicated this fungus to Cerera - the goddess of fertility. Germans have named it "a witch's egg". In middle ages it was used for preparing so called "amorous liquor". This mushroom has been used by quacks since antiquity. In Austria it is called "a podagra morel". Baltic and Slav people's medicine advises using Zemestauki (Phallus Impudicus) for pains in abdomen, renal diseases, for bathing and treating wounds, as a remedy for rheumatism and podagra. In European countries folk medicine (Stinkhorn mushroom - English name) is usually used as a juice from fresh fungi fruit bodies.
The Chinese have attracted their attention to this fungus as a remedy for carcinoma of the lip. Among other things there is information on Dr.Karo from Berlin who successfully treated for carcinoma cutaneum and cancer of internals with Phallus impudicus. Stinkhorn mushroom is an edible fungus. Young fruit bodies of an egg-stage can be used for food. Fried on oil they have a fish taste. Recent experiments and clinical studies show that Stinkhorn mushroom juice have an anthithrombogenic activity, which is very important in thromboembolic disease prevention in cancer.
Malignant tumors cause an elevated tendency towards blood coagulability and thrombogenesis. It is established that antithrombogenic activity of the vascular wall in cancer patients is decreased. The disorder of the functional properties of the vessel wall aids in its penetration in extravascular spaces and ads to the probability of metastatic locus. Platelets sticking to the surfaces of tumor cells enhance their resistance. The main acting agent is polysaccharide PL-2 found in Phallus impudicus juice (PhJ), which effect on the platelet pathologic aggregation upon tumoral process.
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