Reishi mushroom have a history going back to over 4000 years, when they were considered to be a superior herb that improved health, resistance, longevity, energy and memory. The reishi mushroom, called the ganoderma lucidum by Asian rulers, was seek out by the members of their court .This herb of longevity was named Reishi by the Japanese and, in China and Korea, it is known as Ling Chu, meaning the mushrooms of immortality. The Chinese thought of them as the elixir of life. The Romans considered Reishi mushroom as the food of the Gods. The benefits of Reishi mushroom have been recorded throughout time as far back as 206 B.C. Reishi was associated with happiness, good health and longevity. Reishi mushroom was entrenched in ancient Chinese culture as shown in many fairy tales. Many Oriental civilizations have realized the amazing health inducing benefits associated with certain mushrooms and yet in Western civilization they are relatively unknown.
The scientific community did not start investigate the therapeutic properties of reishi mushroom until the early 1970s. Canada Mushrooms There was not enough standardized Reishi to conduct experimental evaluation of the properties before researchers at Kyoto University initiated controlled cultivation of the reishi mushroom. An interesting discovery occurred when the researchers found that the six colour variations of Reishi were one species. It was found out that all six colours could be grown from the same gene. It was found that Reishi mushroom possess bio-active, anti-tumour and immune system stimulating abilities including anti-allergic, anticancer and antiviral value. As an adaptogenic agent Reishi mushroom are capable of resolving a broad spectrum of illnesses by affecting a number of organ systems.
After analyzing the bio-active components of Reishi mushroom, the researchers concluded that it would be difficult to find a more complete or potent immune enhancing supplement. In fact, reishi has the ability to restore the efficacy of the cytokine system and greatly enhances NK (Natural Killer) cell activity. Case studies have found it to enable the immune system to deal favorably with a broad range of autoimmune disorders when used in conjunction with dietary and detoxification modifications. Reishi has also shown to be beneficial with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), improving circulation, decreasing serum cholesterol, decreasing serum glucose (anti-diabetic) and relieving the nausea of cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As mentioned above, reishi have the ability to stimulate natural killer cells, to improve immune function and to combat viral infection.
According to Wasser and Weis, in a paper published in 1999, the Reishi mushroom has been documented to possess many medical properties. Among those are, anti-inflammatory, antitumour, antiviral, antibacterial, blood pressure regulation, protection of the liver, chronic bronchitis etc.
It is obvious that tremendous potential exists for any individual wishing to elevate their health status through the addition of dietary supplementation with Reishi .Thousands of researches on Reishi mushrooms and plenty of authors have corroborated their findings.The future looms bright for advances in health with the use of Reishi supplementation. The diverse positive effects of Reishi are still being researched. For example, in a recent paper by Dr. H. Fujiwara, it was concluded that stamina for running distance and endurance was significantly increased by the use of ganoderma extract Reishi mushroom can contribute to keep the immune system intact and to avoid all kind of human illnesses and diseases.