Mushrooms as medicine dates back to the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese cultures that used them to promote general health and longevity. The difference between medicinal mushrooms and the ones you order on your “cheat day” pizza are that medicinal mushrooms contain immune activating beta-glucans and other polysaccharides within their indigestible cell walls.
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In Japanese, reishi translates to divine or spiritual mushroom. At a recent conference, Dr. Willard stated, “The reishi is by far my favorite of the medicinal mushrooms.” Christopher Hobbs uses reishi extract daily, writing that it is a “deep level tonic” used traditionally as a blood cleanser. And, Paul Stamets classifies it as the most broad spectrum healer of all medicinal mushrooms.
For over 2000 years Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) have been recognized by Chinese medical professionals as a valuable remedy. Its Chinese name Lingzhi, means “spiritual potency”. Reishi mushrooms are regarded by the Chinese as the “Medicine of Kings”. Dr. Shi-Jean Lee, the most famous Chinese medical doctor of the Ming Dynasty, strongly endorsed the effectiveness of Reishi in his famous book, Ban Chao Gang Moo (“Great Pharmacopoeia”). He stated that the “long-term taking of Reishi (Lingzhi) will build a strong, healthy body and assure a long life.”(2)
People started to consume mushrooms as food and medicine more than 2,000 years ago. Besides being a potent anti-inflammatory food, we know that many of the fungi we use today contained active compounds that have anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive, blood sugar-lowering, and other potentially valuable therapeutic properties.
Often dubbed the “King of Herbs” and called a “supernatural” mushroom or the “lucky fungus” based on translations from other cultures, the reishi mushroom has been a popular health choice for thousands of years. It’s logical that it would be. After all, it has more than 400 bioactive compounds and is known to help improve the skin by eliminating dead surface cells, treat those with chronic fatigue disorders, regulate blood sugars and even help with altitude sickness.
What is most fascinating in the exploration of the healing benefits of medicinal mushrooms is that they are in fact closely related to human beings. When human beings consume these mushrooms, they are ingesting highly absorbable medicinal constituents that are recognized by the human body. Human use of medicinal mushrooms has a long history, and the valuable medicines of mushrooms are a vital element in protecting our health. Fungi have developed incredible properties to ward off bacteria and mold that would compete with them. When humans consume these fungi, most of all they are bestowed with a strong immunity. This will be an important theme throughout the discussion, and of vital importance in our day and a
IF YOU FIND THIS ARTICLE HELPFUL SHARE AND HELP OTHERS! Share0 Share 0 Tweet0 Pin0 Red Reishi Useful For Lowering Cholesterol? 1Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne 26, 1000, Switzerland. [email protected] INTRODUCTION: There has been renewed interest in mushroom medicinal properties. We studied cholesterol lowering properties of Ganoderma lucidum/red reishi (Gl), a renowned medicinal species. RESULTS: […]
Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) inhibits cancer cell growth and manifestation of key modecules in inflammatory breast cancer. Per the department of Biochemistry of the Central University of Caribe in Puerto Rico, a September 2, 2012 research absctract indicates promising results on the role of ganoderic acids in the fight against breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is […]