In Chinese Reishi means ‘Mushroom or Immortality’, in Vietnam its known as the ‘Supernatural Mushroom’. My research uncovered that Ganoderma lucidum, aka Reishi, has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for over 4000 years and is still a pivotal medicine in TCM today.
Reishi’s formidable and historical reputation is what initially drew me to this incredible medicine.; Chinese royalty kept a store of this precious mushroom in the hopes of obtaining immortality and to promote calmness in thought. Ancient Chinese monks, were known to use reishi to still their minds for meditation. In the 16th Century pharmacopeia’s Ben Cao Gang Mu, described Reishi as being able to affect the life energy, or qi (chi), of the heart, repair the chest area, increase intellectual capacity, and banish forgetfulness. Today, some experts believe that Ganoderma lucidum can, in fact, promotes longevity and is a premier tonic for maintaining the vitality of the human body.
Reishi's most amazing benefit seems to be its immunomodulating effect— its ability to regulate and balance the immune system.
Reishi has a stunning array of healing properties; it's an antioxidant, adaptogen and blood cleanser, it has anti-aging, anticonvulsive, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-platelet effects. It's also used to treat a whole catalogue of ailments including fatigue, insomnia, leucopenia, liver disorders, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, nephritis, neurasthenia (nerve weakness, nervous exhaustion), neuromuscular disorders, poisoning (general), altitude sickness (treatment or prevention), tension, ulcers. asthma, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, coughs, and viral infections— such as Epstein-Barr, herpes, and HIV.
Reishi's most amazing benefit seems to be its immunomodulating effect— its ability to regulate and balance the immune system. Reishi is also one of the best herbs to improve liver function and can restore and rejuvenate the whole respiratory system. As a cardiotonic, this fascinating mushroom can actually reduce cholesterol levels and has an anticoagulant ("blood-thinning") effect, making it useful in coronary heart disease prevention.
Recently, I decided to take Reishi for a worthy test drive and see if it indeed had powers to transform my state of being. I’m a pretty healthy individual:, I meditate and eat well , but, like everyone, there will always be room for improvement. I recently began drinking coffee again, and have had some cramping in my hands and feet, so I needed to detoxify and see where the problem lay. I usually find that detoxifying the body clears away aches and pains and I thought Reishi would help to rebalance my system. I began my reishi detox with a positive hope for healing and an open mind. The journey, however, has been far more powerful than I ever expected.
Check back for part 2 for the full story on the Reishi detox.