What is Reishi Mushroom know as Ling Zhi
Reishi mushroom or also known as Ling Zhi mushroom is amongst the rarest and most precious herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Literally translated it means a mushroom of long life. Reishi is symbol of immortality in the Chinese culture. In the term of Traditional Chinese Medicine Reishi calms the Shen, nourishes the Heart, tonifies the Qi energy and Blood, notifies Lung Qi. Modern studies suggest that Reishi may enhance the immune function of our body and may be used as an accessory treatment of tumors after chemotherapy.
It has an approximately 4,000 years of history throughout which it is one of the most effective natural remedies. Reishi contains vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and copper. Much more important however are the Polysaccharide, Triterpene and Germanium. While the Polysaccharide and Triterpene have a balancing effect on all body processes and help the body to reach immune, enzyme, water, mineral and cholesterol balance, the Germanium supports the body in the excretion of heavy metals and poisons. Some informations from BBC
Reishi Mushroom Health Benefits
The therapy with the mushroom is based In contrast to classical medicine – which wants to fight the disease, on regaining the health homeostasis! This is the equilibrium of all body processes in other words – the mineral, enzyme, hormone, water, electrolyte and immune cell balance. It may reduce the blood pressure in a person with hypertension while simultaneously rise it in another patient with extremely low pressure. The same principle applies to disorders in the psyche, the digestion, the cholesterol, allergies and even cancer! In traditional Chinese medicine, Reishi mushrooms “Ling Zhi” are regarded as one of the ten most effective natural remedies!
This has been recently confirmed in researches done in Japan and USA! It was found that Reishi has antihypertensive, antithrombotic and cholesterol lowering effects. This is due to the cyclic hydrocarbons – ganodermic acids, ganolic acids, lucidemic acids. It inhibits the release of histamine, which helps to prevent typical allergic reactions!
Reishi helps in cases of insomnia or nervousness. Some substances in the Reishi have a relaxing and soothing effect on the central nervous system, which is of great importance for the sleep-in and sleep-through phase!
Scientists discovered an active component in the extract of Reishi, which improves the activity of internal heart muscles, increases blood flow and reduces the oxygen consumption of the heart muscles! Subsequently, further tests were performed with patients who confirmed the positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
In China patients with Hepatitis are also treated with the extract of the Ling Zhi. According to a study, after Reishi extract treatment 92.4% of all 355 patients who suffered from chronic Hepatitis B got positive reactions!
In Asia, especially in Japan, Reishi / Ling Zhi has been since several hundred years used against various cancer. At the Linus-Pauling Institute for Science and Medicine had been carried out a research among 250 patients diagnosed with cancer. They were treated with Reishi extract and it was found out that for higher doses of more than 5 g, they had to administer also vitamin C as otherwise diarrhea occurred. Patients had definitely fewer problems with infections. Their antibody production improved. Overall, the immune defense of the body, in particular the so-called T cells, were activated! The Ling Zhi extract at a higher dose of 5g daily was particularly good in treatment of lung cancer, brain tumors, liver cancer, kidney and pancreatic cancer.