Reishi Mushroom Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Ganoderma lucidum

Also Known As

Ling chih, Ling zhi

Origin

China

Parts Used

The fruiting body of the mushroom

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

The traditional use of Reishi has been as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to the stressors of life. Adaptogens are noted for their ability to enhance immune system function. Extensive studies have been carried out on the therapeutic actions of the Reishi mushroom. Reishi is known to have neurological benefits, promoting slow-wave sleep in insomniacs, when taken over a long period of time. It is known to have cardiovascular benefits, and the capacity to lower cholestral levels, as well as circulatory benefits. It is known as an anti-inflammatory agent and has been used in the treatment of liver problems. Reishi is reputed to "keep the body light and young and to lengthen life."
It is indicated for use in treating allergies, chronic bronchitis and aid severe wound healing.

Typical Use

Take 2 grams up to twice a day or as directed by a herbal practitioner

Folklore and History

The Reishi mushroom is one of the most valued plants in traditional Chinese medicine, and is described with Ginseng as one of the two most important elixirs.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. Its Traditional Chinese Medicine indications include treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and cough.

Reishi Mushroom
Constituents

Reishi contains several major constituents, including sterols, coumarin, mannitol, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids called ganoderic acids.