- Chinese Name Ling Zhi 灵芝
- Latin Name Ganoderma Lucidum（Leyss.ex Fr.）Karst．
- Other Names Lucid Ganoderma
- Used Part Fruit Bodies
- Specification Powdered Extract
Reishi Mushroom Extract Powder
Duanwood Reishi Mushroom is one of the most famous tonic herbs of all time and has been used for thousands of years to promote the healthy functioning of the immune system, fight stress and increase vitality.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi Mushroom is often referred to as “The Mushroom Of Immortality”
What Are Reishi Mushrooms?
Reishi has been one of the most revered herbal substances in China for over 2,000 years. The Ancient Chinese considered Reishi Mushroom to be a miracle herb.
Reishi is found all over the world, especially in remote, pristine environments, and was a long favoured tonic food for the Chinese Royal Family. There are six different varieties of Reishi Mushroom, with Duanwood Red Reishi being the most common. Reishi Mushrooms have a woody, bitter taste and are often made into a tea
In Shen Nong’s Classic Book On Medicine, Reishi was considered to be “The Most Superior Of All Herbs”.
The Legend Of Reishi Mushroom
In Ancient Taoist texts, Reishi Mushrooms were said to bring happiness and health to those who consumed it. Taoist Priests would often include Reishi Mushroom in their potions to grant a long and healthy life.
Legend has it that once the Emperor heard of the healing powers of Reishi, he sent a fleet of ships of 300 men and women to bring it back to him from the mountains. The ship did not reach its destination, but ended up on an island and the men and women founded a new nation there. According to the legend, the island was Japan.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Reishi Mushroom?
Reishi Mushrooms are often prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and promote vitality, healthy aging and well-being. They are extremely rich in Polysaccharides, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
In Ancient China, it was said that Reishi could calm the mind, strenghten the heart and build wisdom. It has often been favoured “the ultimate anti-stress herb”, as many mountain hermits, monks, spiritual seekers and Taoist adepts would seek it due to its ability to calm the mind, aid meditation and promote sound, healthy sleep.
Throughout time, Reishi Mushroom has been immortalised on paintings, statues and the robes of emperors, such is the esteem that it is held. Therefore, Reishi Mushroom is considered by many to be one of the greatest herbs of all time.
Not All Medicinal Mushrooms Products are Created Equal
Many lab-grown Reishi is mycelium grown on grain. Analysis has shown that Reishi mycelium on grain has low levels of beta-glucan, undetectable levels of triterpenoids and very high levels of starch. Novoherb only uses the fruiting bodies of organically cultivated Duan-Wood Reishi mushroom which are rigorously tested and guaranteed for active compounds.
Beta (1>3),(1>6)-glucans; triterpenoids. Reishi needs the wood-bound precursors to synthesize the triterpenoids for which it is famous.
Reishi Mushroom Research
Scientific research into the compounds responsible for Reishi mushroom activity began in the 1970’s in China and Japan. Scientists discovered highly active beta-(1>3)-glucans with the ability to potentiate innate immunity by activating immune cells. Also discovered were secondary metabolites called triterpenoids which were present in significant amounts and sets Reishi apart from all the other medicinal mushrooms.
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Taste & Property Sweet (Slightly Bitter), Neutral (Slightly Warm)
Organ Meridians Heart, Liver, Lung, Kidney
• Tonifies Heart Qi, nourishes Heart Blood and calms the Spirit
– Heart Blood and Heart Qi Deficiency failing to nourish the Spirit with insomnia, fright, palpitations and forgetfulness (can be used as a stand-alone herb)
• Tonifies the Lung Qi, transforms Phlegm and stops cough and wheezing
– Cough and wheezing in patients with Deficiency Cold or Phlegm Dampness (can be used as a stand-alone herb)
– Wheezing due to Lung and Kidney Deficiencies
• Tonifies Qi and nourishes Blood
– Deficiency consumption with shortness of breath, lack of appetite and either icy extremities or irritability with a dry mouth