What is Reishi Mushroom?
Reishi mushroom is also known as Lingzhi, or Ling Zhi mushroom, has sometimes been referred to as the mushroom of immortality, and the elixir of life. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is known to improve overall health and restore the body to its natural alkalinity, but it is most prized for its strengthening effect on the immune system and for memory.
Native to China, it naturally grows on plum trees, but even so, is difficult to find in nature. For thousands of years, its consumption was restricted to Asian and Oriental royalty, but in modern times, it is being cultivated successfully in many parts of the world.
What can the Reishi Mushroom Do?
Reishi mushroom extract contains triterpenes, also known as ganoderic acids, which are known to relieve common allergy symptoms, improve hepatic (liver) function and improve the body’s ability to utilize oxygen, but it is taken to treat a range of complaints, including anxiety, hepatitis, insomnia, hypertension, and certain respiratory disorders. It also contains Ling Zhi-8 protein, and beta-glucans, and herero-beta-glucans, which combine an anti-tumor action with an ability to stimulate the immune system in a very significant way.
Considered an adaptogen, reishi mushroom has the ability to regulate natural bodily processes that have been disrupted by disease or environmental influences. This action can include the reduction of inflammation, correcting hormonal imbalance, and normalization of the immune system.
Put simply, this is a powerful medicine in a non-toxic package. If you compare the pharmaceuticals that are used to combat cancers, auto-immune disorders, menopause, and other endocrine imbalances, it is exciting to think that we can treat these complaints without poisoning other parts of our bodies in the process, as chemotherapy and other ‘conventional’ treatments tend to do.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits
Reishi mushroom has a range of benefits that can be enjoyed, even if you are a completely healthy individual. We are all exposed to so many airborne pollutants, chemicals in our food, water, and personal products, that sometimes we don’t even know where the threat of disease may be coming from. If you examine the history of the Chinese and Japanese people, you will find them to be some of the healthiest and longest-lived people on the planet. Some of them even continue to work and function well into their 80s and 90s, and if you were to try to guess their age, you would likely fall short by a few decades. This is not by accident. Reishi mushroom, as well as other medicinal foods found in nature, contribute greatly to their vitality and ability to lead a long and productive life.
Reishi Mushroom Uses
Studies into the efficacy of reishi mushroom on a variety of complaints is ongoing. Here are just some of the diseases it can affect in a positive way:
- Hepatitis B: found to lower the incidence of liver necrosis and normalize enzymatic levels
- Diabetes: reduces blood glucose levels with prolonged treatment
- Hypertension: lowers blood pressure
- Cancer: inhibits tumor growth and produces significant shrinkage in certain invasive cancers, including prostate and some breast cancers
- Speeds healing of severe wounds: healing of bedsores and full-thickness burns have been hastened by reishi mushroom
- Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation inside and outside of the body, reducing the incidence of flare ups from such diseases as MS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Allergies: has a calming effect on allergic symptoms due to its antihistamine action
- Antioxidant: eliminates hydroxyl free radicals
- Antiviral: induces interferon production to fight viral infection
- Lowers cholesterol: studies show decreased lipid production over time
- Anti-anxiety: relaxes muscles, calms the mind and reduces the effects of caffeine
- Anti-HIV: proven in in vitro as well as in vivo trials
- Respiratory disorders: antitussive, expectorant, and opens breathing passages
- General body tonic: strengthens the immune system and overall health
- Improves brain function: helps to focus the mind, improves memory and clarity
- Fights fatigue: keeps the brain and body sharp and energized
- Pain relief: for chronic as well as acute pain
Reishi Mushroom Side Effects
While reishi mushroom extract is considered generally safe for long-term use, reishi mushroom powder should be used with caution over a long period of time (more than one month) as it has been linked to toxicity of the liver. Reishi mushroom is a natural blood-thinner, and should be avoided for those who suffer from clotting disorders. If you take blood-thinning medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAID, warfarin, Coumadin, or similar prescription or non-prescription medications, don’t take them in combination with reishi mushroom. If you suffer from low blood pressure, or take medication for high blood pressure, you should avoid reishi mushroom, as it may further lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels. If you have surgery scheduled, discontinue use for two weeks before and two weeks after your procedure.
Reishi mushroom may also cause dry mouth and sinuses, nosebleeds, and stomach upset. If you discover blood in your stool, discontinue reishi mushroom immediately. Reishi mushroom safety has not been established for use in children or infants, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Certified Organic Reishi Mushroom and FCR
Start With Living’s Reishi Mushroom is one component of an exciting proprietary formulation called FCR, which combines reishi mushroom with cordyceps and fucoidan. Together, these natural ingredients provide support for a strong body and mind, as well as protection from environmental infiltrators, certain cancers, and many other common disorders. Our reishi mushroom is sourced in the United States, grown in the state of Oregon, and is certified organic, as are all the ingredients of FCR. Each dose is standardized, and delivers maximum concentration and potency, assuring that you are always receiving a consistent dosage.
FCR is a three-in-one supplement that can be taken safely, both as a daily supplement and as prophylaxis, both for cancers and immune disorders. While the medical community lacks sufficient evidence to pronounce reishi mushroom as a cure for anything, there are several exciting studies that show how it has helped many people, and in some cases even confounded doctors with a negative result following troubling cancer diagnoses.