Reishi Mushroom / Ganoderma lucidum Herbal Information
ALSO KNOWN AS
Ling chih, Ling zhi.
The fruiting body of the mushroom.
TRADITIONAL HERBAL USES AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
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.
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 contains several major constituents, including sterols, coumarin, mannitol, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids called ganoderic acids.
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE
Take 2 grams up to twice a day or as directed by a herbal practitioner
Side effects from reishi can include dizziness, dry mouth and throat, nosebleeds, and abdominal upset. These rare effects may develop with continuous use over three to six months. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should consult a physician before taking reishi.
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