Reishi Mushroom (Lingzhi) – Ganoderma Lucidum
Reishi Mushroom (also called Lingzhi Mushroom and Ganoderma Lucidum) is an edible fungus that improves the immune system. It is used to prevent and treat influenza, avian flu, swine flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, cancer, peptic ulcers, insomnia, liver disorders, kidney diseases, AIDS. It is also helpful for reducing stress, fatigue, altitude sickness, and herpes pain.
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Composition & Active Constituents
Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum) contains several bioactive constituents and they might synergistically work to provide health benefits. It contains polysaccharides, oligosaccharides, dietary fiber, peptides, triterpenoids, phenols, and amino acids. Polysaccharides are found in water-soluble extract and triterpenoids in ethanolic extracts. It also contains several minerals including copper, iron, zinc and selenium and vitamins such as Vitamin C. (1)
Medicinal Properties of Reishi Mushroom
Reishi Mushroom has following healing properties.
- Immunity enhancer
- Soporific (Sleep inducing)
Reishi Mushroom has anti-inflammatory, immunity enhancer, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-fatigue, anti-osteoporosis, neuroprotective, and anti-diabetic actions. Its main action observed on stomach, intestines, lungs, liver, heart, immune system and mind.
Reishi Mushroom Indications
Reishi Mushroom has following therapeutic indications:
- Stress disorders
- Insomnia (Sleeplessness)
- Lung cancer
- Recurrent upper respiratory infections
- Altitude sickness
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart diseases
- Peptic ulcer
- Liver disease or hepatopathy
- Hepatitis B
- Chronic hepatitis
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Food allergies
- Shingles-related pain
- Viral infections
- HIV disease
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney disease – nephritis
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Tumors and cancer
Reishi Mushroom Benefits
Reishi Mushroom reduces inflammation, increase energy level, and improves overall health and general well-being. Generally, its health benefits are attributed to its antioxidant, immunomodulatory and anti-microbial actions. It slows the process of aging and helps to have a good control on blood pressure and other diseases.
Tumor and Cancer
Reishi Mushroom is a supportive medicine to conventional cancer treatment. However, it is not the first-line treatment for tumor and cancer. It stimulates the immunity and exerts antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-metastatic actions, which are helpful as an adjuvant to other anti-cancer medicines. Overall, it checks the growth of the tumor and likely to prevent metastasis. How much it is effective for preventing metastasis is yet not known. (2)
Insomnia (Trouble Sleep)
Reishi (Lingzhi) Mushroom improves sleep. The improvement in sleep can be observed within 3 days of its use. In traditional medicine, it is used as soporific (sleep inducing) and tranquilizing agent for the treatment of the sleeplessness or trouble sleeping. It induces relaxation, reduces sleep latency, and increases overall sleep time.
A study suggests Lingzhi Mushroom extract prolongs sleep time and exerts hypnotic effect. Its 3 days regular use significantly increased non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep time and overall sleep time in rats. (3)