The #1 tonic herb in the world is reishi mushroom. It is the most widely used and researched herb in history. Reishi boasts a 2000 year history of medicinal use and is the most studied tonic herb in modern times. Known as the ‘mushroom of immortality’ and ‘medicine of kings,’ Reishi mushroom was identified as having a significant number of health benefits to humans in ancient China and has been used and prescribed regularly since.
Reishi mushroom grows wild in many areas of the world. Different species of reishi mushroom can be found in China, North American, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Red reishi is preferred and is the most commonly used for medicinal purposes. Reishi is not, however, the kind of mushroom that can be cooked and eaten in a dish. It has a strong bitter taste and is tough and wood-like. At some point, it was discovered that a tea or broth made with the reishi mushroom had many health benefits. Today, potent extracts are available that save the consumer time, money, and offer a level of convenience.
The Benefits of Reishi Mushroom
According to Chinese Medicine, the body needs to defend itself from threats of disease. These threats come in different forms. They come in physical form, such as diseases caused by viruses and bacteria. However, they also come as emotional threats that lead to anxiety and energetic threats that reduce alertness and mental clarity. Regardless of the type of threat, Reishi supports the body’s defense system, reduces the effects of stress, and aids in maintaining balance.
Reishi has been used to boost the immune system, calm the nerves, relieve inflammation, and control allergies. It can support the body in fighting a variety of major diseases such as immune system disorders, like AIDS, cancers, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, reduction of platelet stickiness, blood pressure problems, and infectious diseases.
Reishi can also calm the mind and improve memory, focus and concentration. According to Chinese medicine, reishi is a Shen herb, meaning that reishi can calm and nuture the spirit. For this reason, reishi is an excellent choice for those experiencing anxiety, stress, or mental fogginess.
The Science Behind the #1 Tonic Herb
Reishi is well-known for its cellular protective properties. It is rich in powerful antioxidants that protect the body against free radicals and radiation. For this reason, reishi is often used as a complementary treatment for patients undergoing traditional cancer treatment.
Reishi’s main active chemical component is the polysaccharide. Ploysaccharides are long chain carbohydrates – essentially complex sugars – that have health-boosting benefits. The most beneficial of these is the Beta Glucan. Beta Glucans help increase the DNA and RNA of the human bone marrow, which is where immune cells like the lymphocytes are produced. Beta Glucans increase the activities of the macrophages (immune cells) that fight cancerous cells and harmful microorganisms in the body.
Recent studies have begun to scientifically prove and explain what 2000 years of historical use told us about reishi mushroom – that is is a powerful health-boosting tonic herb. Pharmaceutical industries have started selling reishi mushroom in extracts, capsules, and tablet forms and its chemical constituents are being studied for use in prescription medications. Japanese researchers have begun to make recommendations regarding the use of reishi mushroom, including the simultaneous use of Vitamin C to maximize the effects of the mushroom. Japan has even listed reishi as one of its recommended treatments for cancer.
As a tonic herb, reishi has minimal side effects and is generally regarded as safe for daily use. Medical practitioners recommend taking 100 to 1000 milligrams per day.
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