Reishi: the mushroom of immortality!

In this article you will learn how to protect your health with the mushroom of immortality. We will be talking about the power of the Reishi Mushroom and how you can use it to support your immune system and bulletproof your health.

CAUTION: Medical Disclaimer

Herbal Name and Characteristics:

  • Name: Reishi Mushroom
  • Pin Yin: Ling Zhi,
  • Latin: Ganoderma lucidum,
  • Taste: Bitter,
  • Color: red (Red Reishi powder), black (Black variety), purple (Purple variety and the rarest),
  • Constitution: Neutral to slightly warm (Yang),
  • Builds: Jing, Qi and Shen.

About this Herb:

I started using Reishi in 2014. Master Herbalists like Ron Teeguarden refer to this mushroom as ‘medicine of kings’ and ‘mushroom of immortality’ for a good reason.

I was amazed at how deep I could sleep after a week of using it and my response to stress improved in an amazing fashion. I did not feel worn out after a long and stressful day and I still had the energy to perform more tasks and still got to sleep at night.

I used the herb in both powder and tincture form and found both to work equally well.

Below, you will find more details about this herb. Its benefits, side effects and precautions you need to take before using it.

What is Reishi?

In China it has the reputation of the ultimate herb as it can help restore the mind, body and spirit, achieving total equilibrium among Jing, Qi and Shen.

The Reishi mushroom grows on trees in Japan, China and Korea. In China, it was used by the royal family as it was considered the elixir of immortality.

The ingredient responsible for its wondrous function is mostly the huge amounts of polysaccharides it contains and especially beta glucan which is responsible for regulating the immune system functions.

While the mushroom and its spores have been used for their health benefits for over 3000 years, it was only recently that their use has emerged in the Western world. It should be mentioned that there are different species of Reishi mushrooms but they are not all of the same quality:

  • Black Reishi (Ganoderma sinensis),
  • Purple Reishi and
  • Red Reishi (such as Duan Wood).

The most common is the Red Reishi, while the Purple Reishi is the most rare (and most expensive).

Some of the species are cultivated indoors and don’t even come close to the wild varieties of those mentioned above. The Red Reishi is considered best for regulating the immune system and the Purple variety is the ultimate Shen regulator.

Color is a strong indicator of quality, especially in the cases of Red and Purple Reishi. If their color is brown instead of red or purple, this means they are of lower quality.

Benefits and properties of Reishi:

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by Nick Sigma CWC, EH, E-YRT200

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