Reishi, The Sacred “Mushroom of Immortality”
Ingredients: Duanwood Reishi Mushroom Extract
Other Ingredients: None
Container Size: 4 oz. | 114 grams
Suggested Serving Size: ½ teaspoon which is about 2 grams 1-2 x a day, or as directed by a health professional
Serving Per Container: 57 servings
Directions: Add ½ teaspoon (or as directed by your health professional) to beverage or food of choice.
Suggestions on usage: This powder can be added directly to smoothies, juices, and protein shakes. The flavor is bitter, and would blend well with anything sweet, fruity, or savory. Chocolate or carob tend to be a nice flavor pairing. It is already prepared and ready to consume as is- no heat or stewing necessary. Powdered extracts generally mix more easily in warmer temperatures, but a blender can be used to help incorporate the powder into cooler foods and beverages or simply to ensure a more thorough distribution.
*This is NOT merely ground up or powdered raw herb. This powder is a CONCENTRATED EXTRACT, this means that the active constituents are extracted from the herb and then concentrated to a 10 to 1 ratio. The ratio simply means that TEN pounds of whole herb is concentrated down into one pound of extract. The medicinal components are separated from the indigestible and non-medicinal parts of the raw legume.
Reishi is one of the most scientifically researched herbs on the planet and is among the most powerful and “superior-class” adaptogens.
Some benefits of Duanwood Reishi Extract may include:
- Liver-protection and regeneration
- Potent shen tonic
- Improved circulation
- Protection against radiation, free radials and other environmental stressors
- Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue, and anti-stress
It has been over two thousand years since it was first written about in Shennong’s Pharmacopeia, which is the very first Chinese herbal text. Reishi was classed at the forefront of the Superior Class herbs.
He wrote about how “continuous consumption of Reishi makes your body light and young, lengthens your life and turns you into one like the immortal who never dies.”
Reishi adopted the title, “The Mushroom of Immortality,” and is one of the most treasured and sought after herb of all time becoming an icon for health, vitality, and longevity.
Sourcing and Extraction:
We have had a relationship with our distributor for many years, and not only know exactly where they grow, but ensure the purity and potency with 3rd party labs. We are involved in every step of the process and proud to take the extra effort to ensure the quality so you don’t have to. The Chinese government actually regulates Duanwood reishi, as it is forbidden to use chemicals or pesticides in the growing process, so you can be assured that you are also getting a one hundred percent organic product.
This is a hot water extract. To briefly describe the process, the raw herbs are placed in hot water until the medicinal constituents are voice of the raw herb body (which all have parts we cannot digest) and then through a spray drying process, it is formed into a fine powder, which can be directly added into any food or beverage of choice.
This achieves a couple things:
- No need to prepare or heat- the powdered extracts are food and drink ready
- Since they are extracts, they are a lot more easily digested and bioavailable by the body
- We are able to achieve high concentrations of the herb by using a certain amount of pounds of the raw herb and condensing all the medicinal constituents into one pound. For example, our he shou wu is a 16:1 concentration, which means 16 lbs of the raw herb created 1 pound of our extract, making it 16x more potent than a single extraction concoction.
Practitioner Perspective, (How it works):
Reishi’s primary functions are to restore the bodies daily energy (Qi) in multiple organs. This enables restful sleep, improves breathing, circulation of blood, robust immunity, toxin elimination and improves digestion. According to Chinese five elemental theory, the organ of the heart corresponds with the fire element which is considered the mother of earth in the elemental cycle. This earth element corresponds with the spleen/stomach. In five elemental theory, when the mother(heart, fire) is nourished, the son(spleen/stomach, earth) flourishes. Thus, we can observe just one mechanism of how Reishi restores the digestive function. In a similar vein, Reishi nourishes the lung or the metal element, which in turn nourishes the water or kidney element associated with jing, the deepest energy reservoir within the human body. Lastly, the wood or liver element is directly nourished by Reishi which, as the mother of fire (heart) only further supports the heart.
TCM INFO For Practitioners:
Chinese Pin Yin Name: Ling Zhi
Latin Name: Ganoderma Lucidium
Category: Calm Spirit
Properties: Sweet, Neutral, Bitter (depending on species)
Channels Entered: Heart, Liver, Lung
General Action: Calms the spirit by augmenting the qi and nourishing blood.
Actions and Indications: 1. Calms the spirit, augments qi, tonifies blood: For fright and palpitations, and forgetfulness, associated with insufficient qi and blood failing to nourish the spirit
2.Tonifies the lung qi, transforms phlegm, stops cough and wheezing: For cough and wheezing in patients with cold from deficiency or phlegm dampness.
- Tonifies the qi nourishes the blood: For deficiency consumption with shortness of breath lack of appetite and either icy extremities or irritability with a dry mouth.
(Bensky, 3rd ed, Pg 936)