Tea made from Reishi mushroom (Ganodrma lucidum) has been used since the ancient times in Chinese traditional medicine for treatment of number of medical conditions and enhancing the immune system. Chinese name for Reishi mushroom is Ling-zhi and they consider the mushroom to be “immortal herb” because of its many health qualities. Reishi mushroom grows in dark forests, on deciduous trees and comes in six sorts such as black, red, white, yellow, blue and purple. Red reishi mushroom is believed to have the most health properties therefore it is the mostly used kind for making tea. Reishi tea can be made in combination with green tea for batter taste and for promoting function of the liver.
Benefits of Reishi Tea
In Chinese traditional medicine, reishi tea is highly appreciated due to its potential to prevent and cure many diseases and it was regarded as tonic for emperors. This tea benefits the vital energy and it believed that it has the ability to “bring dying back to life”. Reishi tea has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-diabetic, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-allergenic, anti-hypersensitive, anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects. Thereby, this potent herb is used for achievement of overall well-being and longevity. Resihi mushroom benefits are also classified according to the color of the mushroom. Thus, red reishi benefits the heart, green reishi is good for the liver, black reishi is used for the brain and the kidneys, white is for the skin and the lungs, purple benefits the joints and yellow is good for the spleen. The benefits of reishi mushroom mainly come from polysaccharides known as beta-glucans, but there are also triterpenes, known as ganoderic acid, alkaloids, lactones, mannitol as well as minerals and vitamins. These reishi components activate immune cells therefore stimulate the immune system to fight against diseases. Tea prepared from a reishi mushroom regulates blood sugar, inhibits tumor growth and lowers blood pressure. Health benefits of reishi tea also include decreasing cholesterol levels thus preventing heart diseases and artiosclerosis, and improving the synthesis of protein and nucleic acid. Reishi tea can be used for treatment of cough and asthma, skin allergy and duodenal ulcers. Additionally, reishi tea protects the liver and prevents development of hepatitis, and delays the process of aging. Resihi tea can be also used to alleviate side effects of chemotherapy and to sedate the nervous system.
Preparation of Reishi TeaFirst, you have to find a good quality reishi mushroom in a health food store or order it over the internet. Soak the mushroom overnight to soften it and cut it into small pieces the next day. Put the pieces into two liters of water, cover the pot with a lid and boil slowly one to two hours. Reishi tea has a bitter taste so you might want to add some honey to it. Drink one to two ounces of reishi tea each morning and evening. You can keep prepared tea in a refrigerator for up to three days.