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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Common Names: lingzhi mushroom, nourish spirit mushroom, soul mushrooms, red pill mushroom, varnish shelf fungus.

Family: Ganodermataceae

Parts Used: fan-shaped mushroom (not stem)

Constituents: Triterpenes, protein, steroid, 32 amino acids, coumaric acid/coumarins, aminoglycosides, enzymes, acids, resins, polysaccharides, alkaloids

Medicinal Actions: Adrenal stimulant, restorative (metabolically), anti-aging, immune modulator, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-ulcer, adaptogen, antioxidant, nervine, lowers cholesterol, increases good cholesterol, makes blood not sticky/thick, protects against ultra-violet and x-ray radiation

Medicinal Use:

  1. Immune system support: Reishi mushroom may help to support the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections.

  2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Reishi mushroom may have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.

  3. Cardiovascular health: Reishi mushroom may help to improve cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.

  4. Anti-cancer properties: Reishi mushroom may have anti-cancer properties and may help to reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells.

  5. Liver health: Reishi mushroom may help to support liver function and protect the liver from damage caused by toxins.

Historically, reishi mushroom has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a wide range of health conditions, including immune system support, respiratory infections, and liver disease. It was also considered a symbol of longevity and immortality.

Contraindications: Mushroom allergies and mold sensitive (all mushrooms)