Reishi Mushrooms (Black and Red)
Review all forms of Reishi Mushrooms below.
Pin Yin Name
- Ling Zhi
- Ganoderma lucidum
- Red Reishi Mushroom
- Reishi Antler Mushroom
- Hongo Reishi
- You Ji Hong Ling Zhi Fen
- Black Reishi
- Red Reishi
- Immune Function
- Nourish Blood
- Relief of Cough
- Stress Relief
- Respiratory Functions
- High Blood Pressure
- Reducing Fatigue
About Reishi Mushrooms (Ling Zhi)
Reishi mushrooms (also known as Ling Zhi in Chinese) have shown in recent studies to be helpful for heart health, normalizing cholesterol, blood pressure, and circulatory system support. Reishi mushrooms contains a high amount of polysaccharides which are essential for proper functioning of the immune system. Reishi is particularly effective in stress control due to the effect the medicinal mushrooms have on the liver. Medicinal Mushrooms have been scientifically proved to having anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which assist the body in fending off diseases like polio, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, influenza, and herpes.
Chinese traditional herbs such as reishi mushrooms are prized for their ability to build resistance to illness, detox the body, and calm the nerves. In diabetes research, reishi mushrooms have been found to lower blood sugar in lab animals in as little as one week of treatment. The Peking University in Beijing found that reishi mushrooms could protect the kidneys from stress caused by diabetes, potentially even stopping kidney complications.
Reishi is often used to prevent fatty liver and liver cirrhosis due to alcohol abuse or poor diet. Reishi mushroom is also used as a tonic and a sedative. According to traditional Chinese medicine, reishi was thought to "mend the heart" and the ancient Romans called it the "food of the gods." Reishi is a cardio tonic that supports normal blood and oxygen flow to the heart.
Active Constituents in Reishi Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms in general have a plethora of health benefits and are often used in home remedies and alternative medicine. Reishi mushrooms are some of the most potent medicinal mushrooms on the market. The reishi mushroom's active constituents include:
- Fumaric acid
- Triterpenoids (sometimes called ganoderic acids)
Cautions & Drug Interactions
- Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding.
- Do not use if you are currently taking diabetes medications.
How to Use Bulk Herbs (Powder, Cut, Capsules, Liquid, or Concentrated Form)
The following forms are the best ways to use reishi mushrooms. Click the icons to learn more about each form.
With so many different ways to use bulk herbs, it is easy to get confused. In order to understand how to use the different parts of the plant, please see our informational chart below. We also have several helpful pages if you need additional information. Check out our How to Use Bulk Herbs page to see how to use herbs correctly.
|Parts of Plants||Tincture||Decoction||Syrup/Gargle||Topical/Facial||Tea/Infusion||Cooking/Soups|
|Hard/Dried Berries||✓||✓||✓||Powder first.||✓|
|Roots/Tubers||✓||✓||Decoct first.||Powder first.||✓|
|Stems||✓||✓||Decoct first.||Powder first.||✓|
|Flowers||✓||Make tea first.||Powder first.||✓|
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