Reishi – The Royalty Herb
Reishi (Ling Zhi) Mushroom – Ganoderma Lucidum
A Royalty Herb!
A Kidney shaped mushroom most commonly red but there are other varieties and colors, such as yellow, black, blue and purple. Interesting that some mushrooms have gills, whereas the Reishi mushroom is flat on the underneath.
Traditionally it grows on deciduous trees, most commonly the Maple, it is quite rare now to see wild Reishi growing, as only two or three out of thousands of trees will have the Reishi growth. Other substrates are used very effectively for growing such as woodchips or on hardwoods logs purposely made.
For the Reishi Mushroom that is used in the YES! Immunity Medicinal Mix, the JUNCAO method is used, whereby the substrate (growing medium) is organic herbs and grasses.
The Reishi dates back thousands of years in many Asian countries and was a revered medicine, particularly for the wealthy and was considered an ‘immortality herb’. It was considered a true Super-herb at that time and I can see why with the massive benefits it provides us with, being one of the most studied herbs on the planet.
The Old Chinese name for Reishi or Ling Zhi and have multiple meanings in Chinese, but was considered to be a ‘’Herb of Spiritual Potency’’ or ‘’Mushroom of Immortality’’ or ‘‘divine fungus’’.
The Reishi releases spores as its reproduction method via fine pores. The spores create an oil which are very fertile and hugely beneficial. So beneficial that The YES! Team have reformulated their unique H2 C60 Oil with the Reishi Spore Oil among other oils.
Reishi medicinal benefits:
The Reishi Mushroom creates a myriad of active natural chemical compounds, which are very important to the body.
The Main active compounds:
- Complex Sugars, such as beta-glucans.
- Polysaccharides, such Mannitols, coumarin and alkaloids.
- An Acidic Substance called Triterpenes.
The medicinal benefits are HUGE!
While the Reishi mushroom has a slightly bitter taste (which I personally always welcome, the bitter the better in my view) and is earthy due to the nature of its growing conditions.
The Reishi is a powerful asset to the immune system and may assist in viral infections, various flu and lung conditions, (such as asthma and bronchitis), fatigue, balancing blood sugar, cancer and tumors, heart disease such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, food allergies, skin conditions, sleep and insomnia.
Reishi works as a regulator and brings in homeostasis (balance) to the system. It is very gentle on the body, but is not to be undermined at all!
- It can help to fight cancers and tumors with its active ingredients, such as the complex sugars, its ability to build up the immune system and assist with inflammation.
- It has a powerful antioxidant ability which can fight against autoimmune dis-eases, infections, heart conditions, and the Triterpene (anti-oxidant) action in Reishi has been found to be very high.
- Allergies also would benefit from this powerful antioxidant Triterpene as it can lower the reaction of the allergy significantly.
- Stress!!!! Reishi being an adaptogenic herb, has the ability to let us cope with all types of stresses. Because of its potent anti-inflammatory benefits, supporting our immune system, it can allow us to handle stresses with increased control.
- Reishi is big on kidney support! Particularly adrenal fatigue.
- Liver being one of the vital organs is it is our blood cleanser and our filter. Reishi assists the liver in flushing out the toxins that can accumulate.
- Blood Sugar regulation is another big bonus. It seems Reishi can regulates levels of certain enzymes regarding blood sugar control and assist the body more effectively in transportation of blood sugar.
- Balancing Hormones levels is another one of Reishi wonderful benefits. It can have a direct impact on many hormonal functions, such as sleep, metabolism, mood and more.
- Athletic Performance is also greatly assisted with Reishi and Cordyceps
Very impressed with this Shrooommm and very blessed to have it in the YES! Immunity Mix.
It is now firmly planted on my daily ‘to take’.