Reishi

(genoderma lucidum)

Reishi mushrooms grow wild on decaying logs and tree stumps in the coastal provinces of China. The fruiting body of the mushroom is used medicinally. Reishi grows in six different colours, but the red variety is most commonly used and cultivated for medicinal purposes. It is often used in combination with another mushroom Shiitake.

Reishi has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for at least 2,000 years. The Chinese name ling zhi translates as the “herb of spiritual potency” and was highly prized as an elixir of immortality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used for the treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and cough.

What it does

Reishi contains sterols, coumarin, mannitol, glucans and triterpenoids which are thought to reduce the stickiness of blood platelets and low cholesterol and blood pressure. It also contains germanium which helps to oxygenate cells. It is said to be anti-viral, anti-tumour, and immune system stimulant, anti-histamine, adaptogenic, expectorant and tonifying.

Potential Uses

Adrenal support Allergies Altitude sickness
Chronic fatigue syndrome Bronchitis Asthma
Diabetes Hepatitis

High blood pressure

Cholesterol Immune Support Stress

Other information

Reishi may be useful for anyone having chemotherapy treatment or with HIV to support the immune system.

Cautions

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

If you take anti-coagulant medication such as warfarin, heparin or aspirin, do not take Reishi.

Side effects are rare but some people experience dizziness, nose bleeds, dry throat and mouth and stomach upset after 3 months of use.

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