Last weekend, I received a package in the mail from a friend who also dabbles in herbs. Upon opening it, I discovered that it was the much-anticipated Reishi
tincture that she'd promised me.
Having never used Reishi
mushrooms before, I decided (like any good herbalist) that some research was in order before I opened the bottle.
And I will definitely be opening that bottle!
) have a rich history and have been recorded in documents that date back to the Han Dynasty (around 206 B.C.-8 A.D.).
The Japanese called this mushroom Reishi
, which means “10,000 years mushroom
,” and the Chinese called it Ling Chu
or Ling Zhi
, which roughly translates into the “mushrooms of immortality
” and “the resurrection plant
Even the Romans and Egyptians believed in the Reishi's
healing power and considered it to be a gift from the Gods.
Modern medicine didn't start studying the benefits of Reishi
until the late 1960s; and man, are we glad they did.
The biggest benefit of Reishi
Mushrooms has to be their cancer-fighting and cancer-preventative properties. This is possible because of its high amounts of antioxidants, beta-glucans, amino acids, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids.
Polysaccharides are immune-modulating substances that seem to protect the DNA and stop cell mutations, which is typically how cancer forms. In addition, Triterpenoids limit tumor growth by preventing cancer cells from attaching to endothelial cells. Both of these elements, when combined with the others mentioned, work to keep the body healthy and cancer-free.
As someone who's survived a bout with colon cancer, this is extremely exciting news for me.
But cancer-fighting isn't Reishi's
only claim to fame. Reishi
will also help with:
- Liver regeneration and health (the triterpenoids have been proven to regenerate damaged livers in mice. Reishi also helps detoxify the body.)
- Inflammation (increases the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant markers in the body. This will also help with things like gout, arthritis, headaches, and other inflammation-related problems)
- Promote heart health and low blood pressure (the triterpenoids lower blood pressure and help reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and arteries. Reishi also helps increase circulation and prevent or manage cholesterol levels)
- Balance the hormones. (Reishi's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties help change the way that nerves transmit messages to the brain, which improves various functions within the endocrine and central nervous systems)
- Promote energy. (Reishi lowers the amounts of heavy metals and toxins that accumulate in the body and cause sluggishness)
These are some of the major benefits of the Reishi
mushroom. Some of the smaller benefits include:
- Promotes sleep
- Helps with allergies
- Improves gut health
- and more!
is a wonder herb!
You can use Reishi
in a variety of ways, but the two I like the most are Tea (of course) and Tincture.
To make Reishi
tea: Take some fresh or dried Reishi (whole or ground) and add it to a quart of water in a saucepan. Boil the water for about 15 minutes. Strain and drink when cooled.
I like this simple recipe because you can add other herbs to it before it boils to try and help with the Reishi's naturally bitter flavor. A bit of honey mixed in before you drink couldn't hurt either.
If you'd rather make a tincture, you can check out the recipe at Ann Marie
(where I found the Tea recipe)
I'm excited to begin my Reishi journey, and while I haven't used the tincture yet, I fully plan to in the future. I wonder how it would taste mixed in with my coffee?
For more information, visit The Fisher Clinic
, Dr. Axe
, Organic Facts
, Self Hacked
, and Nootriment
. To read the scientific studies, visit NCBI (article 1)
and NCBI (article 2)
photo came from Nootriment, the tincture photo is my own.