The reishi mushroom has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, especially in the far East, such as China and Japan.
They are not the only mushrooms used for their therapeutic and medicinal properties…other popular varieties include the maitake and shiitake mushrooms.
The reishi is also called "Ganoderma Lucidum"; in China, they refer to it as "Ling Zhi."
Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses of the Reishi
Reishi mushrooms have many uses, but some of the more prominent ones include:
– boosting immune function
Some of the more speculative health benefits of the reishi mushroom include:
– helping to lower cholesterol levels
Although many more studies are needed, some experts say that reishi mushrooms have anti-cancer properties.
Specifically, the reishi contains polysaccharides that, in studies on mice, have been shown to fight cancer tumors, and enhance the immune system.
Other compounds present in the reishi mushroom include triterpenes, which may be responsible for its beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure.
Anti-histamines naturally present in the herb also may account for its alleged allergy alleviating effects.
Precautions on the Reishi
As always, pregnant or nursing women should refrain from using nutritional or herbal supplements without having consulted with their physician first.
People taking blood thinners (anti-coagulant medications) should avoid reishi as well unless speaking with their physician since the reishi mushroom has blood thinning effects as well.
Many people use reishi without exhibiting any unpleasant side effects. However, some people do report some adverse reactions. Here are some of the ones that have been reported:
– dry mouth
If symptoms arise, reduce dosage or discontinue use.
Dosage of reishi mushroom depends on what you’re taking it for.
Here are some guidelines espoused by experts:
– For Heart Disease: take 1,500 mg of reishi daily
Available forms of Reishi Mushrooms
Reishi mushrooms can be purchased and taken in many forms, including: supplements, capsules, powder, teas, and coffees.