Reishi - Lingzhi
Reishi, Lingzhi or Ganoderma lucidum, has been around for centuries. Worth it’s weight in gold, used only by emperors and other royals, this ‘Miracle Herb’ has been overlooked by western culture for years.
To their detriment, few people know about Ganoderma’s marvelous health benefits and antioxidant effects. Even the most expensive antioxidant on the market can only boast a fraction of the 100’s of antioxidants found in Ganoderma lucidum.
Especially good for the circulatory system and respiratory tract, Ganoderma lucidum has been known to lower high blood pressure, balance good and bad cholesterol, and lower overall cholesterol as well as reducing symptoms related to asthma, bronchitis and other lung related problems.
The health returns Ganoderma lucidum provides are too numerous to completely describe in this article but it has been investigated by scientists around the world as a treatment for cancer, arthritis, insomnia, fungal growth, and the list goes on.
Recognized in Japan and China as a licensed medical treatment, Ganoderma lucidum is also used for its sedative and calming effects. Years of ongoing research in Japan, China, USA, and the UK are consistently proving the unmatched benefits this mushroom provides in areas of holistic health and healing.
How can one little mushroom do all that and more?
Ganoderma lucidum affects the body as a whole, strengthening the immune system and balancing the body’s natural balance. Ganoderma lucidum gets to the core and works from the inside out producing some amazing results on the way.
Until recently, Ganoderma lucidum has been expensive and hard to find in viable quantities. That is because, out of thousands of trees in the forests of Asia, the Reishi mushroom only grows on ONE SPECIFIC TREE. One company has put years of time and effort into cultivating this mushroom indoors. The result of that effort will strongly affect the health of people all over the world
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Medicinal uses and health benefits of reishi mushroom
Reishi mushrooms have a long history of medical uses. Reishi had been recorded as having the most extensive and effective healing powers. In Traditional Chinese and Thai Medicine (TCM), reishi is indicated for the treatment of coronary heart disease, bronchial asthma, insomnia, impotence, hay fever, dizziness, stomach ulcers, depression, and debility from long-term illness. Today, reishi has various applications including lowering or raising blood pressure, stimulating liver actions, blood cleansing, and acting as an adaptogen in helping the body fight the effects of stress.
Reishi has always been beneficial to the treatment of liver and kidney disorders, chronic bronchitis and asthma, allergies, blood hypertension, exhaustion, chronic fatigue, lipometabolism disorders, all kinds of infections and inflammations, diabetes, ulcers of the stomach and intestinal tract, heart and cardiovascular diseases, insomnia, cancer, inclusive of prevention and after-care, menopause and ageing disorders, skin diseases, neurasthenia, anxiety and depression, fibromyalgia and pain of all kinds
Reishi has been claimed to be anti-allergin, antioxidant, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, antiparasitic, cardiovascular, antidiabetic, immunomodulating, hepatoprotective, hypotensive and hypertensive, kidney and nerve tonic, and sexual potentiating. Reishi is used to treat a variety of disorders and promote vitality; it works as an antioxidant against free radicals, protects against the effects of radiation and has anti-inflammatory effects. Reishi intensifies the body's free radical scavenging ability and is especially effective against harmful hydroxyl radicals. Reishi is such a strong hydroxyl radical scavenger that its actions continue even after it is absorbed and metabolized.
Reishi is recognized to play a role in preventing spontaneous death in cancer patients. Reishi reinforces membrane of the cancerous cell to impede spreading. It also prevents thrombi formation aiding in fusion of medications within the system. Joint usage with other anti-tumor drugs and chemotherapy diminishes their side-effects and heightens their effect. It normalizes the overall body system and thus decreases further health complications. Reishi's ability to inhibit thrombi formation with none of the side effects of modern medication proves to be an invaluable contribution in the fight against cancer.
Reishi is known as a cardiotonic herb due to its ability to improve blood flow and reduce oxygen consumption in the heart muscle. Reishi eliminates cholesterol build-up and promotes blood circulation. Regular use of this mushroom helps regulate cholesterol levels and platelet activity in the bloodstream. The mushroom's active ingredients, called ganoderic acids, appear to combat high blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They may also discourage blood platelets from clumping together, thus reducing the risk of dangerous clots.