Reishi

Reiki (Ganoderma lucidum)

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SHORT HISTORY

Reishi, the “Mushroom of Immortality”, dubbed the “Soul Mushroom” or the “King of Mushrooms.” Its medicinal effects were first documented in “Herbal Pharmacopoeia”, complied by the found father of Chinese medicine, Shen Nong, (Han Dynasty, 206 BC-8AD). Art images of G. lucidum images began in 1400 AD associated with Taoism. Traditionally, it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote a centered calmness, improve meditative practices, and attain a long and healthy life.

However, the reishi mushroom was often not included in many of the common medicas throughout Chinese history, possibly due to its relative rarity or perhaps due to it being reserved only for use by royalty. Reishi mushrooms have been rare and expensive for most of their history because they are difficult to cultivate and find in the wild.

Later, in the Supplement to Classic of Materia Medica (502-536 AD) and the Ben Cao Gang Mu by Li Shin-Zhen, in China (Ming Dynasty, 1590 AD), the mushroom was attributed with therapeutic properties.

In the 1980s, a Japanese man named Shigeaki Mori developed an intricate and effective method of cultivating them, which has made them widely available and affordable. The Ganoderma species continues to be a popular traditional medicine in Asia and their use is growing throughout the world.

 

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“Pengzu was well known in the Chinese culture as a symbol for long life, nutrition treatment and sex therapeutic treatment. He maintained his health so well that he married more than 100 wives along the way and fathered hundred of children, as late as in his 800s. The way he kept himself in good health was by taking reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) and drinking the chute, living in reclusion and good health.” PHOTO & SOURCE

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Images extended beyond religion, and appeared in paintings, carvings, furniture, and even women’s accessories.” PHOTO & SOURCE

 

BOTANY & FORAGING

Recognized by its shiny reddish to brownish-orange varnished cap and stem. Reishi has a bright, white, outer growth margin. Reishi is a polypore mushroom that when fresh is soft, corky, and flat. It features a conspicuous kidney-shaped cap. Caps measure 5 to 30 cm.

Typically, late summer into the autumn. Reishi grows on dead or dying eastern hemlock, or other conifers beginning in late May or early June. It can continue to grow well into early autumn is when they reach full maturation. It will also grow on the same tree for several years.

Reishi favor warmer regions and is found in many parts of Asia, Australia, South America, Southern Europe, and the Southeastern United States, and occasionally reported from the Southwest U.S.

This is not a fungi that can be eaten unless it is broken down into a powdered form.

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Traditionally called “The God of Fungi”, reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system when weakened, or lowering  when it is too active.

  • Reduces Inflammation and Acts as an Antioxidant
  • Improves Anxiety and Depression
  • Enhances the Immune System
  • Relieves Allergies
  • Benefits the Heart
  • Helps Prevent Cancer
  • Helps You Sleep
  • Heals the Liver and Kidneys
  • Enhances Your Brain
  • Aids Gut Health

*for educational use only. The information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a qualified physician or health practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any condition. This site is also not to be used as the final word in identification. Never eat anything you haven’t positively identified at least three times before. Please use your common sense and be safe!

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