Reishi

Lingzhi mushroom - Reishi, the "mushroom of eternal life", is primarily effective in regenerating the liver and thus detoxifying. Due to its high triterpene content it is also anti-inflammatory.

Reishi has been used in China for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and is considered even more valuable than ginseng. The well-known approximately 2000 year old Chinese pharmacopeia "Shen Long Ben Tsao" classifies all herbs known at that time into three groups, Reishi being a member of the most valued group, the "Herbs of God". There it is ranked superior to all other plants and is termed the "king of medicinal plants", "mushroom of longevity" or "herb of spiritual power".

From a modern point of view, this honour makes sense. Almost all effects attributed to Reishi in ancient China have been verified by recent scientific studies. The term "immune power" was unknown in ancient China, but one meant the same when one emphasised: "Reishi helps to overcome diseases and prolongs human longevity. It helps us to stay healthy and avoid becoming sick in the first place because it has both a preventive and curing effect." In any case, it supports our body’s energetic system.

Looking for an effective natural cure, a parental self-help group of children with neurodermatitis were made aware of Reishi. 80 percent of the children reacted positively to the medicinal mushroom, meaning their neurodermatitis gradually regressed until, within three months, their complexions had normalised.

Due to its high triterpene content, Reishi has an extremely beneficial influence on all kinds of physical inflammations. Its triterpenes have effects similar to those of cortisone and inhibit the release of histamine, which accounts for swellings, reddening and itching. Specifically inflammation has been recently shown to play a central role in our bodies. The latest research has revealed that if complex inflammations escalate out of control they can result in a cardiac infarction, cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. Reishi is thus vital for sustainable health or recovery.

Because the triterpenes it contains inhibit the release of histamine, Reishi is one of the most important mushrooms in the treatment of allergies of all kinds. Dermal or mucosal inflammations are alleviated.

Reishi regulates the immune system and thus supports our body’s self-regulating forces in fighting viral infections such as Herpes zoster and Herpes simplex.

Reishi has pronounced liver-regenerating properties and thus purifies the blood and detoxifies. It is particularly supportive in the treatment of chronic hepatitis. By improving hepatic metabolism, it lowers the blood fat values. Moreover, its triterpene inhibits ganodermic acids, cholesterol synthesis and the accumulation of lipids. They also lower blood pressure and counteract thrombocyte aggregation.

Reishi is not only closely associated to the liver but also to the lungs. It is extraordinarily effective in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis, cough and dyspnoea (shortness of breath). Particularly by chronic respiratory diseases with insufficient oxygen supply, Reishi significantly improves the blood oxygen absorption. This is also beneficial for athletes, since Reishi is also an energetic tonic that improves our stamina. A research study chronicled the reactions of 900 soldiers in Tibet at 4700 meters above sea level. Despite the oxygen deficient environment, the group which consumed Reishi were almost entirely free from symptoms such as headache or nausea.

A control group showed significantly more symptoms of high-altitude sickness. The body’s increased oxygen supply is also beneficial for cardiac activity: Reishi improves the oxygen supply to the cardiac muscle and helps coronary vessel constrictions, cardiac arrhythmias, severe blood pressure irregularities and cardiac insufficiency. Since Reishi has a close organ connection to the liver, it is also very effective in the treatment of skin disorders. Thanks to its detoxification and blood purification properties, it alleviates all kinds of skin disorders. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties are highly supportive in this context.

Moreover, due to its detoxifying influence, Reishi is very beneficial for fibromyalgia. Additionally, it eases the frequently related vegetative symptoms by rebalancing the autonomic nervous system under sympathicotonic conditions.

Reishi is furthermore recommended in the treatment of muscular dystrophy and muscle tenseness, since the adenosine 

it contains soothes and relaxes the muscles, in contrast to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The impulse transmission between nerve and contraction of the smooth muscle is reduced. Moreover, Reishi’s high triterpene content helps regulate the histamine which is increasingly released under stress.

Reishi eases the discomfort of neurological disorders, in particularly weakness, neurasthenia, forgetfulness, uneasiness, and sleeplessness.

By activating superoxide dismutase, glutathione-S-transferase and laccase, Reishi can reduce oxidative stress.

Verified effects of Reishi from research

    • the triterpenes in Reishi can inhibit the release of histamine.

    • the overall cholesterol in plasma and liver is lowered via reduced cholesterol synthesis and/or an accelerated cholesterol metabolism.

    • Reishi can be implemented for acute and chronic hepatitis. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects on liver cirrhosis.

    • oxidative damages to liver and kidney can be prevented.

    • eases the pain and improves the skin by herpes zoster.

    • has direct anti-viral effects on Herpes simplex: prevents the virus´ adhesion to and penetration of the host cell

    • regardless of administration before or after radiotherapy (roentgen radiation), it facilitates a faster restoration of the leucocyte, erythrocyte and thrombocyte count.

    • Reishi protects the nerves and promotes the differentiation of neural cells.

    • Reishi can be used in the treatment of muscular dystrophy

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • Properties: sweet, warm to neutral

    • acts on stomach, spleen, lung, liver, kidney, and heart

    • soothes and nourishes the heart

    • invigorates Qi and Xue, nourishes the blood

    • moves toxins and disperses their accumulation

    • channels away heat and mucus

    • astringent

    • eases the mind

    • serves as tonic

    • acts as sedative

    • counteracts inflammations, hypertension, hepatic diseases, cancer, sleeplessness, cough, vertigo, anorexia (loss of appetite), asthma, bronchitis, gastric ulcers, arthritis, neurasthenia, nephritis, altitude sickness, muscular dystrophy

    • for immunomodulation

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