The Reishi Mushroom

Revered by emperors and sages alike, and associated in oriental culture with happiness, good fortune and health, Reishi’s wide-ranging health benefits have led to it being known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” and the “10,000 Year Mushroom”. Humanity has been seeking to improve the quality of life since before the discovery of fire. Archeological evidence shows that mushrooms have been in use by man for more than 7,000 years. Dating back to thousands of years ago, many Oriental civilizations have realized the amazing health induced benefits associated with certain mushrooms.

The Reishi mushroom in particular has a history dating back well over 4,000 years ago when they were considered to be a “superb herb that improved health, longevity, resistance, memory and relaxation”. Reishi was so revered that emperors would send out caravans to search for the mushroom. It would be found growing out of the trunk on three of every 10,000 plum trees searched. The Japanese gave it the name Reishi or Mannetake meaning “10,000 Year Mushroom” and in Korea and China it is known as Ling Chu or Ling Zhi, the “mushroom of immortality” and “the resurrection plant”.

Many cultures embrace Reishi’s benefits. The Reishi mushroom has been used to help with a range of health conditions. It has also been used to both help alleviate the symptoms and prevent the development of allergies. Reishi also makes a useful supplement for a range of inflammatory auto-immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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The King of Mushrooms

The reishi mushroom is an ancient medicinal fungi that grows on the tree stumps of age-old trees in many parts of the world. Many people have sought this prized ingredient, including Chinese herbalists and mushroom hunters. Being one of the most valued tonic mushrooms this superfood promotes vitality, longevity, and wellness.

What Can Reishi Do for You?

The benefits of reishi appear in written documents as old as the Han Dynasty. Traditional Chinese medicine sees mushrooms as superior agents, able to help the body in many ways, such as:

• Analgesic properties
• Antiviral effects by inducing interferon production
• It functions as an anti-depressant
• May help treat altitude sickness, insomnia, and reduces hypertension
• May also help protect liver tissue
• May reduce high blood pressure to normal or near-normal
• May be useful for inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
• It acts as an antihistamine and may be beneficial for allergies
• Anti-oxidant properties