What is a Reishi?
What is a Reishi? A History of the World’s Most Potent Medicinal Mushroom
Reishi, Ganoderma lucidum, is a polypore mushroom with a fruiting body containing pores on the underside. This incredible mushroom has a history of human consumption spanning thousands years. Reishi is the most esteemed herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is highly revered in Asian culture.
Over 4 millennia ago Asian emperors and rulers would task entire envoys of servants to seek out aged plum trees where, at the base of 1 out of every 10,000 trees grew the mystical Reishi Mushroom known as Ling zhi, the “mushroom of immortality”in Traditional Chinese medicine (1).
Chinese scholars began recording the medicinal uses of Reishi Mushrooms more than 2,000 years ago. Ancient Chinese texts describe Reishi as a mystical remedy that increases vital energy and drastically lengthens the life of longtime users by preventing the aging processs (2)
Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 8 A.D.) documents referred to Reishi as a powerful herbal medicine that promoted happiness and wellbeing, longevity, and virility. The Chinese Fairy Tale “The White Snake” tells of a heroine seeking to save her lover’s life by stealing the Reishi mushroom from the gods (3).
Modern science has only recently discovered the potency of Reishi. The first clinical investigations into Reishi began in the 1960’s and continue to yield amazing results. Scientific research is now proving that Reishi is truly an amazing natural remedy with undeniably powerful effects on the human immune system. (REISHI SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH) — (LINK TO SCIENCE PAGE)
The most potent forms of Reishi Mushroom available are Reishi Spore Oil, Reishi Triterpene Crystals, and Reishi Spores (LINK TO PRODUCTS)
(1) Shiao M S, Lee K R, Lin L J and Wang C T. Natural products and biological activities of the Chinese medical fungus, Ganoderma lucidum. In Ho C T, Osawa T, Huang M T and Rosen R T. Food phytochemicals for cancer prevention II: Teas, spices and herbs. American Chemical Society. Washington, D.C. 1994; p.342-354.
(2) Tr. by Halpern, George M. (2007), Healing Mushrooms, Square One, p. 59.
(3) Sing W S. Red Reishi. World Health Publishing Inc. Vancouver. 2003; p12.