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The Power Within the Reishi Mushroom

The Power Within the Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is arguably the most revered herbal substance in Asia. certainly ranking with Ginseng as the elite substance for attainment of radiant health, longevity and spiritual attainment. It has maintained that position for at least 2000 years, and its reputation and value are only increasing. Since Reishi mushroom has been known to have many functions, it has been the subject of a great deal of research in recent years. It is safe, being non-toxic.

Anti-Aging Effects of Reishi

Reishi mushroom has traditionally been used as an anti-aging herb and has been used for many diseases and disorders a well. Daoists have continuously claimed that Reishi mushroom promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. They have used it to improve meditative practices and to protect the body, mind and spirit so that the adept could attain both long and healthy life and spiritual immortality.

Anti-Stress Effects of Reishi

Reishi is s superb ant-stress herb. Throughout history it has been used to bring balance into the lives of people who needed it the most in that department, and that means mostly everyone. Deep in antiquity, it was routinely used by mountain hermits, monks, Daoist adepts and spiritual seekers throughout Asia because it was and is believed to help calm the mind, ease tension, strengthen the nerves, strengthen memory, sharpen concentration, improve focus, build will power and, as a result help build wisdom. That is why it was called “Mushroom Spiritual Potency” by these seekers. The people of Asia have never lost their faith in Reishi Mushroom.

The Immune Building Effects of Reishi

Reishi is a profound immune potentator. It has been found to significantly improve the functioning of the immune system whether the immune system is deficient or excessive. In this sense, it is an immune “moleculator” – that is, it helps to modulate, or regulate, and fine-tune the immune system. Our immune system is virtually miraculous network of activates designed over millions of years to protect us from viruses, bacteria, parasites, molds, dust, pollen and malignant cells. It is the responsibly of the immune system to detect the intrusion, or invasion, of these entities and to mount a defense in order to eliminate them. A healthy immune system is capable of resisting most such intruders and a very hardy system may be able to resist invasions that many other people cannot. If the immune system is weakened or malfunctioning, the invading microbes can easily establish a foothold in our body and disease sets in. Antibiotics can often be used to stop the invasion at this time, but chronic use of antibiotics further weakens the immune response.

As we have seen very briefly the qualities of Reishi mushroom, but we could never know all of them. Thus, before leaving you to read on about other mushrooms, I just want to point another good quality of Reishi mushroom that is beneficial to us. Reishi mushroom has also been known in recent studies to help with reduce the side effects of many kinds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment and simultaneously contribute to the rebuilding of the immune system – an essential part of recovery from cancer. This process is triggered by stimulating the production of interferon and interleukins I and II, all being potent natural anticancer substances produced in our own bodies.

The Power Within the Mushroom
By Omid Jaffari

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Ganoderma Lucidium

Studies on Bioactive Substances and Medical Effects of REISHI

Reishi, the fruiting body of Mannentake, Ganoderma lucidum has been known in Japan, China, and other countries as a food and raw material for the development of drugs.  Recent studies have shown that that carcinostatic substance in Reishi is a polysaccharide, beta (1-3)- D – glucan. This polysaccharide seems to have promise as a new type of carcinostatic agent which might be useful in immunotherapy. Unlike chemicals used in chemotherapy, it has few toxic side effects because its effect is based on immunological enhancement in the host. Reishi also seems to contain other substances which reduce blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar levels; and inhibit platelet aggregation, etc.

Recently, in vitro immunomodulating effects of Reishi extracts, and clinical study of micronized Reishi in Thai HIV and AIDS patients were attempted in Thailand. Some lanostane tri-terpenoids have been isolated from G. lucidum. These are highly oxidized compounds which show interesting biological activities.

Takashi Mizuno, Shizuoka University, Japan