You’ve probably heard of Reishi?
It’s one of those herbs that seems to be on everyone’s list of favourites!
Dr George Lamoureux, (Founder of Jing Herbs) credits Reishi with helping him feel ‘peaceful, centred’, and helping him to transform his ‘terrible temper’ and ‘Rageaholic’ tendencies…
Ron Teeguarden (Author of ‘The Ancient Wisdom of the Taoist Tonic Herbs’) calls Reishi ‘One of the Greatest Tonic Herbs On Earth.’
The Ancient Taoist Literature reveres Reishi as a ‘Superior Tonic!’…
And gives it names like: ‘The King of the Mushrooms’… ‘The Great Protector’… ‘The Mushroom of Spiritual Potency’ and, my personal favourite: ‘The Herb of Good Fortune!’
The book ‘Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects’ describes Reishi as having:
‘A combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality … it’s tied to success, well-being, divine power, and longevity.’
It’s safe to say that Reishi has some pretty astounding qualities:
Long revered in Asia as a Tonic Herb for Radiant Health, Longevity and Spiritual Attainment; due to its fabled ability to promote Centering, Grounding, Calm and Clarity…
During the past few decades, many different studies (in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K) have demonstrated that Reishi has the potential to offer protection against a variety of diseases and illnesses as well because it contains:
‘A wide variety of bioactive molecules, such as terpenoids, steroids, phenols, nucleotides and their derivatives, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides.
Mushroom proteins contain all the essential amino acids and are especially rich in Leucine and Lysine’…..(Lysine being the most important amino acid for your immune system, and one that’s commonly deficient in vegetarians.)
Examples of issues that Reishi has been shown to benefit include:
Anxiety & Depression
Inflammation (due to containing Ganoderic Acids, which are potent antioxidant free-radical scavengers)
Fatigue (because it improves oxygen utilization)
Liver disease (because Ganoderic Acids help improve liver function)
Food intolerances & Asthma (because Ganoderic Acids inhibit histamine release)
Fungal Infections (High levels of Triterpenes give Reishi the ability to protect against microbial infections, viruses, and fungal infections)
Frequent infections (Reishi stimulates the production of interferon and interleukins I and II, which are potent natural immunity-boosting substances produced in the body)
Viruses (Polysaccharides play an important role in strengthening the body’s overall immune functions)
Heart disease, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure & High Cholesterol
From a Traditional Taoist perspective; Reishi is considered to work on all ‘3 Treasures’:
Your ‘Chi’ (Daily Energy)
Your ‘Jing’ (Your Energy Reserves)
Your ‘Shen’ (Your Spirit and Sense of Harmony)
All of which means that Reishi is a very adaptable herb (an ‘Adaptogen’), that can help you get the best out of life on many, many levels!
I know this may seem almost too good to be true, so …
I’ve always said that the best way to get to know a Tonic Herb…
Is to try it yourself and develop your own unique relationship each herb…
And if you’re interested in doing this, Reishi is a perfect place to start 🙂
Because in addition to its very many benefits, Reishi is also an Extremely Safe Herb!
Reishi mushrooms have been used for thousands of years, and amazingly, very few side effects have ever been recorded.
In a report from the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia; Reishi is classified as: ‘A Class 1: Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately.’
So, unless you have a mushroom intolerance, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition (in which case, only use Reishi under the supervision of a Medical professional), Reishi is a fantastic way to start, or to deepen, your relationships with Tonic Herbs!
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