Monograph – Ganoderma Lucidum – Reishi Mushroom

Other Names: Ling chih, Ling zhi, Mannentake

Parts Used: woody fungus, Only six kinds of Reishi have been studied in greater detail to uncover potential health benefits – red, black (ganaderma sinensis, blue, white, yellow and purple Reishi. Of these six types, black and red Reishi have demonstrated the most significant health-enhancing effects, and both are therefore widely used in the global health supplement market today.


Ganaderma applanatum

Ganaderma applanatum

Actions: Anti-Viral, Anti-Inflammatory, Immuno-modulating, antioxidant, anti-histamine, and more.

Constituents: Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are one of the active ingredients found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects. Another active ingredient is triterpenes, a class of them found in Reishi is known as ganoderic acids. Studies have indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Protect heart health
  • Lower the risk of cancer
  • Boost immune function
  • Reduce high cholesterol
  • Fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi
  • Help balance blood sugar levels
  • Support the body’s detoxification mechanisms
  • Help fight blood clots

Reishi is often used in the treatment of: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cancer, inflammatory disease, cardiovascular disease, and asthma and bronchial diseases. It is also used for decreasing stress, kidney disease, hepatitis and liver disease, HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, and supporting chemotherapy. Other uses include preventing fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), insomnia, gastric ulcers, neurasthenia, poisoning, post-herpetic neuralgia, and herpes zoster pain.

Clinical observations conclude reishi’s efficacy against arteriosclerosis, hypertension,  hemorrhoid, tooth-infections, obesity and various problems that arise from high serum cholesterol level compounded by a lack of blood circulation. Reishi is also recognized to have some effect in cases of stroke, cerebravascular accident, coronary insufficiency, myocardial infarction, phlebitis etc. – problems that arise directly from arterial blockage. Reishi has been found effective in the treatment of problems related to allergic reactions including dermatitis, bronchitis asthma, allergy rhinitis, chronic hepatitis etc.  Reishi can work to strengthen the prostate gland situated between the bladder and the urinary tract. Other clinical tests showed that administering reishi instead of insulin can reverse blood sugar level back to normal after one year.

Take with Vitamin C to increase effect on immune system.

Side Effects/Counterindications: None known. Use caution with Immunosuppressant drugs.

Botany: Reishi mushrooms are polypore mushrooms. Mushrooms are the fruiting body and reproductive structure of a higher order fungus organism, much like an apple is the fruit of an apple tree. The actual mushroom “tree” is a fine thread-like network called mycelium. This mycelium is for the most part subterranean, living in soil, logs and other organic litter.

History/Lore: Reishi and other mushrooms have been revered as herbal medicines for thousands of years in Japan and China. Emperors of the great Chinese dynasties and Japanese royalty drank teas and concoctions of the mushroom for vitality and long life.


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