The Many Benefits of using Reishi Mushrooms

December 22, 2014

The Many Benefits of using Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi (Japanese) or Ganoderma Lucidum or Lingzhi (Chinese) is a mushroom that has been used for more than 4 millennium. Besides the “official” names, this mushroom was known as the tree of life and the plant of longevity.

Ancient people believed that even by owning a mushroom like this you can extend your life. Since this mushroom was used for many centuries it is no wonder why in different regions of Asia this mushroom is known under different names like heavenly or celestial grass, the plant of luck etc.

Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi is a mushroom from the Ganoderma family which grows on the stumps of trees and for some reason people in the past believed that reishi harvested from oak and plum trees are the best. Ganoderma Lucidum can be consumed on a daily basis.

Long-term use has proven to be very useful when it comes to strengthening of the immune system. Since reishi comes in a woody composition, it cannot be used in a raw form in human diet. That’s why people are preparing teas and tonics from this mushroom.

Products based on Ganoderma Lucidum or the raw form of this mushroom has positive effects on cases of insomnia, hepatitis, liver regeneration, chronic bronchitis, neurasthenia, heart diseases etc. The specific structure of this mushroom helps the body fight cancer.
As we can see this mushroom comes with many positive effects and we will present some of them in details.
The benefits of using Reishi mushroom:

Allergies and inflammation

Gnaoderma Lucidum extract can significantly prevent the development of four types of allergic reactions and it comes with positive effects for asthma patients too. Recent study conducted by the scientists from the University of Texas have confirmed that reishi mushroom can be used to treat bronchitis and rheumatism and that regular consummation of this mushroom can improve the immune system.

Tumor cells

One of the main reasons of the occurrence of tumor in human body is a weak immune system. This is exactly how Ganoderma Lucidum can help. This mushroom activates and regulates the immune system. It increases the overall ability of the body to protect itself from tumors. With the help of some of its components – the presence of high levels of polysaccharides, germanium and tripertene – reishi mushroom can strengthen the immune cells and improve the immune system.

It is good to point out that reishi has the ability to affect not only tumors that have just occurred in the body, but it can also prevent the occurrence of metastasis. To put it in simple words, reishi has preventive and healing properties.
This mushroom can be used as a supplement during the process of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in order to reduce the negative effects of these therapies like loss of appetite, fatigue etc. It can also eliminate some side effects and reduce the pain which is something very common in this type of therapies.

Cardiovascular system

This is another area where reishi has proven to be very effective. This is not something new for the people of Asia who used this mushroom for these purpose for centuries for people suffering from pain in the chest, arterial diseases and stress. According to some experts, Ganoderma Lucidum can improve the blood flow, reduce high blood pressure and reduce the levels of cholesterol which ultimately means prevention from heart diseases. Reishi is a powerful antioxidant too and it is recommended for athletes.


There is no doubt that reishi mushroom can improve the health of any individual. However, it is good to mention that the effects of organic reishi and non-organic reishi are different. Organic reishi is much more effective because it is grown in the nature. According to some studies, organic reishi mushroom is 5 times more effective than non-organic reishi.

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