Jun 13, 2017
Reishi, also known as lingzhi is a mushroom which has been used medicinally in Asia since ancient times. Although considered non-toxic, it is bitter in taste and not typically used in cuisine. Rare in the wild and growing on trees, it is venerated in the East, and its Chinese name Lingzhi means “herb of spiritual potency”. Ancient Chinese medical texts stated that Reishi prolonged the agility of the body and conferred great health and longevity..
Reishi mushrooms have been highly regarded in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years.  Reishi was once considered an “elite” herb, once described as the Taoist “Elixir of Life” and reserved for use by royalty. However, reishi remained relatively unknown in the west and are scarcely mentioned in western literature prior to 1900.
Reishi for blood regulation: Reishi has also been found to lower blood pressure , cholesterol, and blood sugar.
Reishi as antibacterial: Reishi mushrooms are reported to have direct anti-microbial properties on the following organisms: Aspergillus niger, Bacillus cereus, Candida albicans, and E. coli.
Reishi as immune support herb: Reishi is very often described as an adaptogen and immune support herb.
Reishi as AIDS treatment herb: Reishi has been of great interest to herbalists researching herbs that boost the immune system – including HIV / AIDS researchers – and in 1998 it was discovered that substances in the aqueous extract from the fruiting bodies of reishi were active against HIV-1. More recent in vivo studies have found possibility of a curative effect against AIDS, however this evidence is still very inconclusive.
Reishi as anti-herpes agent: Reishi has been found to have action against the herpes virus and in 2007 was found (as part of a multi-herb formula) to shorten the recovery time from symptoms of an outbreak.
Reishi as anti-cancer herb: Reishi’s ability to fight cancer is accepted as fact in Japan, where it has been officially recognized as a cancer treatment by the Japanese government. Numerous in vitro studies have been performed on various compounds isolated from both the fruiting bodies and the mycelia of reishi, reporting encouraging results. However, in the western ortohodox medical world, such claims often appear to be viewed more skeptically. Nonetheless, Reishi extracts are already used in commercial pharmaceutical anticancer preparations such as MC-S.
Reishi as bronchitis treatment: Reishi mushroom has been used in Oriental medicine as a treatment for chronic bronchitis since ancient times.
Reishi as anti-allergy herb: Reishi has been found to inhibit histamine release in vivo, indicating potential as an anti-allergy herb.
Reishi as anti-anxiety herb: Reishi is also believed to be beneficial for people suffering from chronic stress or anxiety and has been said to promote calmness and inner balance.
Reishi as aphrodisiac: In the 2000’s, we find that all of a sudden, some marketing materials of the west have proliferated Reishi’s reputation as an aphrodisiac. It’s stated in some marketing documents that Reishi was traditionally believed to have aphrodisiac properties. However, the source of this legend is not stated. It is presumed that one or more of the many ancient Chinese Medicinal herbals is the source of these claims – however, in descriptions of Reishi’s qualities, mention of Reishi as an aphrodisiac is very uncommon.
Reishi as liver protectant: Ganoderic acid, extracted from Reishi, has been found to have some protective effects against Hepatitis B in vivo – suggesting potential as a human liver disease treatment.
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