Known as the longevity herb of Chinese medicine, the reishi mushroom has been utilized for its healthful properties for over 4,000 years. In the Taoist tradition, this herb has been consumed for its ability to enhance spiritual receptivity while calming the mind and spirit. But the reishi mushrooms’ influence far surpasses just the spiritual realm.
Reishi has been studied and celebrated for its effective sway over diabetes, particularly type 2. This herb has the capacity to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar levels, a diabetics dream. Not only that, reishi has been known to lower low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol) as well!
Due to its impressive influence over diabetes, reishi is now being considered as a tool to battle coronary heart disease. Studies have demonstrated reishi’s ability to inhibit histamine release and blood platelet aggregation, while activating the phagocytosis of macrophages. These fortunate properties place significant roadblocks in the formation of heart disease.
Additionally, reishi has been shown to improve the immune system due to the poly-saccharides present when brewed in hot water. These poly-saccharides strengthen the immune system, thereby allowing the body to fight off infections and diseases better.
There is also significant research being done on the use of these mushrooms for cancer treatment and symptom reduction.
Known as “the mushroom of immortality”, reishi promotes a strong body, a calm spirit and a healthy heart.
MATERIA MEDICA: REISHI MUSHROOM
Latin Name: Ganoderma lucidum
Family: Polyporaceae (Polypor Family)
Part used: Fruiting Body
Energetics: Bitter, Cool, Dry
Actions: Adaptogen, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antiviral, cardiotonic, hepatoprotective, immune stimulant, rejuvenative.
- Altitude Sickness
- Immune system strengthening
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Varicose Veins
Preparation and Dosage
Infusion – place two to three reishi mushroom slices in 8-10 oz of water, simmer on the stove for 30min-1 hour.
Soup- * this is the best way to add reishi to your diet Add three to four mushroom slices to your soup recipe at the very beginning. Allow it to cook/be simmered for as long as possible. You can also add this to your own stock recipe if you make your own broth at home (which we highly recommend you investigate doing!!)
Capsules – two-four capsules of dried reishi mushroom or an extract daily
If you have a known allergy or hypersensitivity to reishi or plants in the Polypor Family, avoid utilizing this herb. Long term use of reishi may cause dry mouth, dizziness or digestive stress. Due to reishi’s ability to inhibit blood clotting, this herb should be avoided at least one week before surgery, child birth or in conjunction with blood-thinning medication.