Reishi mushrooms, also known as Ganoderma lucidum or Lingzhi, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. They are renowned for their medicinal properties and numerous health benefits.
One of the primary medicinal properties of Reishi mushrooms is their ability to boost the immune system. They contain compounds called polysaccharides and triterpenes, which have been shown to stimulate the production of immune cells and increase the activity of immune system cells. Reishi mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help to reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall health.
Reishi mushrooms are also believed to have anti-tumor effects, with some studies suggesting that they may help to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. They may also have the ability to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in cancer patients.
Reishi mushrooms are also believed to have antioxidant properties, which can help to protect the body from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. They may also help to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of stroke.
In addition to these medicinal properties, Reishi mushrooms are also believed to have mental and emotional benefits. They are thought to help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and enhance mental clarity and focus.
Overall, Reishi mushrooms have a wide range of medicinal properties and health benefits that have been recognized in traditional medicine for centuries. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these effects, Reishi mushrooms are a promising natural treatment option for a variety of health conditions.
You can make a tea from dried, crushed reishi to extract the water soluble polysaccharides, or extract the dried mushroom using alcohol.
Making a Tea: Use 5g of Reishi powder in a tea pot. Fill your pot with 250ml of cold water. Slowly bring the water to boil on your stove. As soon as boiling point is reached, turn off the stove, and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Your tea is now ready to be consumed.
Making an extract at home: Place 50g of dried Reishi in a clean glass container with lid. Pour 500ml of good grade vodka over the dried mushrooms and allow to steep for 7 days. Then strain off the extract into a clean glass container and keep refrigerated (keep the Reishi for a second extract).
You can use 15ml extract, mixed with a glass of water or orange juice (250ml), in the morning as an every day defence, or use up to 30ml a day if needed. You will soon come to enjoy the bitter taste.
We now also have Reishi available in capsule form.