Reishi, also known as hing zhi herb of spiritual potency, is a mushroom that found growing on rotting logs and fallen tree stumps throughout the coastal regions of China. Although reishi comes in 6 different colors, red is the most common variety used. Reishi is cultivated in North America, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea for its medicinal value. The fruiting part of the reishi mushroom is used medicinally in connection with a variety of conditions.
Reishi is medically known for its ability to relieve fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and coughs. It contains several major constituents including sterols, coumarin, mannitol, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids called ganoderic acids.
Ganoderic acids may lower blood pressure as well as decrease cholesterol as well as inhibit blood platelets from sticking together as in coronary artery disease. It may reduce symptoms from altitude sickness and chronic hepatitis B, but more studies need to be carry out to confirm its effectiveness for his use. It may also be a helpful herb for those suffering from diabetes mellitus and cancer. Reishi may help to lower blood pressure as well. Recommended Dosage
- Take 1.5-9 grams per day of dried mushroom
- Take 1-1.5 grams per day in powdered form
- Take 1ml per day of tincture or as a tea