Reishi Mushroom (Latin name: Ganoderma lucidum)
The Reishi mushroom or lingzhi mushroom is a mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years and enjoys an unrivaled reputation.
In the East it is regarded as the elixir of life. This mushroom is extremely rare and hard to find in nature. In the wild Reishi mushroom grows on the trunks of decaying trees, especially plum. There are about 2000 trees for mushroom. It is now grown successfully since the early 1970s, following the work of Shigeaki Mori, a Japanese engineer. It became the most widely cultivated mushroom in the world.
Health benefits of Reishi mushroom:
The health benefits provided by this mushroom are very numerous. Western herbalists consider it an adaptogen, like ginseng, and it stimulates the immune system positively.
It is particularly effective in breathing, in cases of asthma and bronchitis. It is effective to suppress cough induced not these conditions.
It stimulates the production of macrophages by immune system cells that can attack the infectious bacteria. This mushroom can be an ally of prevention and treatment very effective for many conditions including arthritis, hepatitis, several types of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The Reishi mushroom does not taste very good and is only used for medicinal purposes. It can hold over 200 different substances interact synergistically. One of the most important substances is the polysaccharide. Polysaccharides, concentrated in the extract act on cells of the immune system, creating the effect of immune modulation.
Reishi mushroom is useful for:
– Infectious diseases and viral
– Flu, colds
– Bronchitis and respiratory diseases, asthma
– Fatigue and decline of vitality
– Liver disease, cirrhosis (early disease)
– High pressure
The use of Reishi mushroom:
Reishi is used as a tea, syrup, liquid or dried extract. Using the foot and the body of the mushroom. Sometimes certain products are also compounds of the mycelium, but the therapeutic benefits of this part of the mushroom are questionable.
Preparations are available at different concentrations, ranging from 10:1 to 50:1 and some are standardized to 10 or 15% polysaccharides, one of the active elements of reishi.
The dosage is 1 to 9g per day. It is best to follow manufacturer\’s recommendations for the preparation or health care professional.
We must be careful when consuming the Reishi in conjunction with other remedies.
Not to consume reishi more than 3 months without interruption. Pause for one month before consuming again.