In Vietnam, Reishi is known as the supernatural mushroom, and in the Chinese language, the word Reishi has two meanings: mushroom and immortality. 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.
Historically Chinese royalty kept a store of the Reishi mushrooms in the hopes of obtaining immortality and promoting tranquility. Ancient Chinese monks were known to use the mushroom to still their minds for meditation. In the 16th Century, pharmacopeia’s Ben Cao Gang Mu, described the Reishi mushroom as having the potency to affect the life energy or qi (chi) of the heart, repair the chest area, increase intellectual capacity, and banish forgetfulness.
Today, experts maintain that the mushroom can promote longevity and use it as a premier tonic for emotional balance and clarity. Reishi's most amazing benefit seems to be its immunomodulation effect— the ability to regulate and balance the immune system. Reishi proponents claim the mushroom 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.
Recently, I decided to take the Reishi mushroom for a test-drive. I wanted to discover if the mushroom truly had powers to transform my state of being. I’m a pretty healthy individual; I meditate and eat well, but there is always room for improvement. I had started drinking coffee again and was experiencing cramping in my hands and feet, so I thought it was time for a detox, and a reset. In my experIence cleaning and detoxing helps with aches and pains.
I began my Reishi detox with a positivity and an open mind. The journey, however, has been far more powerful than I ever expected.
To read the full story of my Reishi experience in Reishi Mushroom Part 2.