Reishi Mushrooms - The Superior Herbs
For over 2000 years, Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) have been considered by
the Chinese to be a high quality herbal medicine. In traditional Chinese medical theory,
Reishi or Lingzhi is among the highest ranking herb. It improves overall health, increases
the body´s healing ability, promotes longevity and does not cause any side effects even though it
is taken continuously. According to Li Shi-Zhen, the famous physician and pharmacologist in Chinese history, long-term consumption of Reishi will promote a strong and
healthy body and assure longevity. It has been proven by modern medical research that
Reishi has a wide range of beneficial effects. Its main function is to promote blood
circulation and increase the metabolic activities of cells (detoxification). It also helps
with the proper functioning of all internal organs (balance the body functions).
Important elements found in Reishi
Through modern scientific analysis, there are more than 300 active elements found in
Reishi. The main active elements are:
Polysaccharides stimulate or modulate the immune system by activating the
immune cells such as macrophage and helper T-cells as well as increase the
levels of immunoglobulin (antibodies) in fighting the unwanted foreign cells
such as bacteria, viruses etc. It helps to cleanse the toxins from the body,
strengthen the natural healing ability of the body, convert abnormal cells into
normal cells and strengthen the resistance of the body thus improving overall
health. Experiments at the Drug Research Institute in Toyama, Japan
confirmed that polysaccharides in Reishi are responsible for immune
enhancement. In Japan, Reishi extract has been reported to be effective in
treating patients with liver failure.
Triterpenoids are responsible for Reishi´s bitter taste and several of its
beneficial properties. This component improves blood pressure and
blood lipids. Triterpenoids have a kind of harmonizing effect on the body
especially on the immune system and the circulatory system. It gives Reishi an
adaptogenic quality, providing the person with protection from a wide range
of biological, environmental and social stresses.
Adenosine improves blood circulation by inhibiting blood platelet
aggregation. An earlier study done by a team of researchers from Beijing
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that Reishi improved the
function of red blood cells in transferring oxygen. They related this finding to
the adenosine in Reishi.
Adenosine also helps in lowering the cholesterol level and regulates
metabolism and hence promotes vigor and vitality.
In today´s world, a large proportion of the population is constantly in the state of ´pre-illness´
due to environmental pollution, stress and unhealthy lifestyle such as
consuming diets which are high in fat, cholesterol, sugar, salt and chemical additives.
Under these circumstances, it is wise to prevent any deterioration in health rather than
seek a cure after illness prevails. As recorded in the oldest Chinese medical text, Reishi is
to be used for preventive measures rather than a cure. Therefore, Reishi is the best
solution for modern day health problems.
Source: DXN Life , Volumn 1