Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history of use in traditional medicine. In Chinese medicine, it is known as Lingzhi and has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health conditions, including fatigue, insomnia, and respiratory problems. Reishi mushroom was often consumed as a tea or soup, or used as a powder or extract.
In Japan, Reishi mushroom is used for its medicinal properties, and is considered a symbol of longevity and good health. Reishi mushroom was used to treat fatigue, allergies, and high blood pressure.
Reishi mushroom was also used topically to treat wounds, rashes, and other skin conditions.
Reishi mushroom is used in spiritual and religious practices, believed to have spiritual powers and promote good health and wellbeing.
Today, Reishi mushroom is widely used in traditional medicine and is gaining popularity in the Western world. Below is evidence from modern scientific investigation that offers insight into how Reishi mushroom exerts its effects on overall health and wellbeing.
The most widely investigated benefit of Reishi mushroom is its immune-modulating effect. These effects are due to the presence of polysaccharides and triterpenoids. Some studies also suggest that Reishi mushroom may help improve the body's response to viral infections, making it a potential treatment for the common cold and flu.
Reishi mushroom has shown to be:
- Increased production of white blood cells
- Enhanced activity of natural killer cells and macrophages
- Increased interferon production
Reishi mushroom has also been shown to:
Reduce stress and anxiety: Some studies suggest that Reishi mushroom may have a calming effect on the mind and body, and may help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Improve heart health: Reishi mushroom is believed to have cardiovascular benefits, including reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Reduce fatigue and promote better sleep: Studies suggest that Reishi mushroom may help to reduce fatigue and promote better sleep by reducing inflammation and regulating the immune system.
Improve liver function: Reishi mushroom is believed to have a protective effect on the liver and may help to improve liver function and detoxify the body.
In the interests of saying the same thing as every scientific publication ever:
“More research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and side effects of Reishi mushroom.”
And the same thing every information provider says:
“Dietary supplements may interact with other medications, and could have other side effects. As always, you should consult with a healthcare professional before introducing new foods/supplements into your diet.”
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