Red Reishi, with a botanical name Ganoderma Lucidum, and commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is an herbal mushroom known to have amazing benefits on human health. This is a non-toxic natural remedy that can be taken in large quantities, and for a long period without any side effects. Regular intake of this mushroom balances the body’s natural state, and normal function of all organs.
Moreover, this mushroom is the immune system modulator that optimizes the immune response to various viruses and bacteria. Reishi is a natural health supplement and there are no reported contraindications with other prescribed medications. However, like any other immune-modulating substance, Reishi should be taken with care for patients on immunosuppressive drugs or patients that recently had organ transplantation.
History of medical use
Reishi is a traditional ingredient in Chinese medicine that has been used for more than 4000 years. Actually, Reishi is the oldest mushroom known to have been used in medicine. Another name for Reishi mushroom is Lingzhi, which means “herb of spiritual potency” or “mushroom of immortality”. Reishi was long considered to be a superior herbal remedy as it possesses astonishing health benefits and no known side effects.
The active ingredients in Reishi mushroom are water-soluble polysaccharides that possess anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects. Another prominent ingredient is triterpenes, in the form of ganoderic acids. These acids may help to ease normal allergy reactions as they obstruct the release of histamine, improve oxygen exchange and promote liver functions.
Reishi mushrooms have a long history of medical use as they possess anti-allergen, antioxidant, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, anti-parasitic, cardiovascular, anti-diabetic, immune-modulating, hepatoprotective, hypotensive and hypertensive, kidney and nerve tonic, and sexual potentiating properties.
The mushroom is known to promote healthy heart functions as it balances the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Furthermore, this mushroom stops the accumulation o cholesterol in the arteries and prevents the blood clotting.
Reishi may also help to relieve stress and neurasthenia and strengthens the central nervous system. Similarly, Reishi promotes muscle relaxation and may help against insomnia.
The mushroom is especially beneficial in the treatment of liver disorders. Patients suffering from alcohol-induced fatty liver and cirrhosis, hepatitis or any other kind of loss of liver function, may significantly benefit from this mushroom. Furthermore, Reishi offers great protection against toxins and chemical damage.
Reishi possesses strong antiviral and antibiotic properties and thus prevents secondary infections from developing. Antiallergenic properties may bring relief to patients with asthma, contact dermatitis, conjunctivitis or cold. Moreover, this mushroom can be used as an anti-ageing herb, as it promotes health, memory and concentration.