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EVERETHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REISHI

EVERETHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REISHI

05 Jul
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Posted By: Anastasiya Times Read: 1078

COMMON NAME: Reishi Mushroom

LATIN NAME: Ganoderma Lucidum

CHINESE NAME: Ling Zhi

ORIGIN: China, Japan

HABITAT: Asia, Europe, North America

Reishi Mushroom is found in almost all countries of the world. Most often, it grows at the base of weakened and aching trees, as well as on dead hardwood. It is much less common on the wood of coniferous trees. Occasionally, the fungus can be seen on living trees, but more often Ganoderma Lucidum grows on stumps. Sometimes the fruit bodies of the fungus can be found on the soil, but the mycelium still turns out to be on the underground roots of trees. In temperate latitudes, Ganoderma Lucidum is much less common than in subtropics.

Ganoderma has several varieties. The appearance of the fungus, the chemical composition and therapeutic properties depend on which substrate the fungus grew on. During the growth, the fruit body of Ganoderma can absorb sprigs or leaves into the cap.

BOTANICAL CHARCTERISTICS: Reishi Mushroom (lat. Ganoderma lucidum) is a fungus of the Ganoderma genus (lat. Ganoderma), of the Ganoderm family (lat. Ganodermataceae). Reishi Mushroom is a saprophyte fungus that lives on the dead wood, mainly deciduous (oak, beech, alder, birch) and very rarely coniferous. Ganoderma Lucidum has a glossy finish. The fungus has a very solid structure. It has the shape of a bean. Its color can be from reddish to brownish-purple or black with a yellowish tinge. When drying the mushroom it does not lose weight, but retains its original shape. Fruit bodies are annuals, sometimes 2-3 years old, with pancreas. The cap is flat, reniform or ovoid. The skin is smooth, shiny, wavy, divided into many concentric growth rings, having different shades. Hymenophore is tubular with small and rounded pores. The tubules are short and ocher. The pulp is spongy at the beginning, then, as it grows, it becomes thick and woody. The color of the pulp is ocher. The pores are whitish at first, turning yellow and brown with age. The color of the spore powder is brown.

CHEMICAL COMPASITION: Almost all the prophylactic and therapeutic properties of Ganoderma Lucidum work thanks to presence of the most important and beneficial substances isolated from this fungus: polysaccharides and triterpenes. Reishi mushroom contains amino acids, peptides, organic acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, beta-glucan polysaccharides, triterpenoids, coumarins, lipids, saponins, phytoncides, vitamins (mostly – B3, B5, C and D), flavonoids, alkaloids, as well as many useful macro-elements (germanium, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sulfur, selenium, silver, etc.).

ACTIONS: Reishi Mushroom has anticancer, immunity booster, immunomodulator, antioxidant, detoxicant, hepatoprotective, liver tonic, alkaline, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, sedative, styptic properties.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reishi Mushroom contains a complex of substances that reduce high blood pressure, helps to lower "bad" cholesterol, prevents blood clots, and also improves the oxygen supply of the myocardium and has a cardiotonic effect.
  • Reishi prevents the formation of allergic edema, and helps to eliminate the itching and burning of the skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
  • Ganoderma Lucidum is used in the treatment of immunodeficiencies, in acute and chronic bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and frequent exacerbations of inflammatory diseases.
  • It is effective in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, such as gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, pancreatitis, and colitis. Reishi Mushroom possess an antispasmodic and analgesic effect, contributes to the relaxation of smooth muscles in the intestines.
  • Reishi Mushroom has a complex hepatoprotective effect. It stops the development of fatty hepatosis, prevents the development of cirrhosis, and also, it is a natural remedy in the complex treatment of alcohol and viral hepatitis.
  • Ganoderma Lucidum is effective in the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
  • Can be very useful in case of prostatitis and prostate adenoma.
  • It cleanses the body from harmful substances such as toxins, salts of heavy metals, and also protects the body from radiation.
  • Ganoderma Lucidum improves the psycho-emotional state and functional state of the central nervous system. Reishi mushroom activates the production of endorphins in the body. Reishi mushroom possesses a mild sedative effect on human body.
  • Ganoderma Lucidum reduces blood sugar levels, good for people with diabetes.
  • Increases immunity, inhibits the development of tumors (Reishi mushroom exhibits the highest therapeutic efficacy in complex treatment of oncological diseases of the intestines, lungs, esophagus, prostate, uterus and mammary glands, prostate adenoma, benign breast tumors).
  • Due to the high amount of antioxidants in its chemical composition, Reishi prevents premature aging.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Ganoderma Lucidum should not be taken during pregnancy, breast-feeding period. Also, the fungus should not be consumed by people with individual intolerance to the components.

HISTORY:

  • Reishi Mushroom was first mentioned in the Chinese medical treatise "The Sacred Book of Miraculous Medicinal Plants" published over 2000 years ago as a unique precious medicine, "a heavenly gift from heaven." In the lists of useful medicinal plants in Chinese treatises Reishi mushroom is ahead of Ginseng.
  • In the ancient Japanese treatise “Shinnoh Honsohkyo”, Reishi Mushroom is described as “a gift from the heavens” a remedy for all diseases, giving the eternal youth and longevity a “plant of God”.
  • They learned artificially grow mushroom in 1972, in Japan. Since then, Reishi Mushroom is cultivated not only in China and Japan, but also in other countries of Southeast Asia on special plantations, and then medical essences and extracts are made on the basis of raw materials.
  • Buddhist monks to achieve emotional balance and harmoniously merge with nature have long eaten this unique mushroom.

*Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

 

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