Herbal Remedies ~ Reishi

By | October 24, 2013

Reishi Ganoderma lucidum (Button Mushroom Family)

This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years as an overall tonic to boost energy, promote longevity and combat stress.

It is an adaptogen and immune stimulant useful in treating cirrhosis of the liver,bronchitis, high blood pressure and yeast infections.

Reishi Mushroom ImageThis herb has shown promising results in cancer treatment as well. It stimulates the body’s production of interleukin-2, which fights several types of cancer, and it contains compounds called ganoderic acids, which act against liver cancer. Reishi counteracts the suppression of red and white blood cells that can result from cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar) treatment by stimulating the creation of protein in the bone marrow.

Another use for this herb is in the treatment of fibroids (uterine myomas). Reishi keeps the uterine lining from making both basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a chemical that promotes fibroid growth, and histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation.

These mushrooms are available in supermarkets for culinary usage. They are used medicinally in teas, tablets, syrups and tinctures.

CAUTIONS: Avoid if you have allergies to mushrooms or molds.