Reishi is a type of fungus which has been used in oriental medicine for thousands of years. It tonifies the Heart, Lungs, Liver and Kidneys and is known as one of the premium herbs for nourishing the shen, or spirit.
It is a herb of wisdom and knowledge. Its Chinese name Ling Zhi means “quick” “clever” or “spirit” mushroom, giving some insight into its use as a herb which benefits not only the body but also the mind. It is also known as the “10,000 Year Mushroom”, referring to its ability to slow ageing and prolong life.
Reishi was recorded in one of the first texts about Chinese medicine, Shen Nong's Classic of Herbal Medicine. Here it is listed as the number one “superior” herb; highly effective and suitable for daily use. This book was published around 200BC although reishi's use certainly far pre-dates this.
Around this time, during the Qin and Han dynasties, Chinese culture was flourishing. Great advances were being made in science and medicine. However, people were still very superstitious and had developed something of an obsession with finding the elixir of immortality. Reishi, known for promoting longevity was a much sought after herb. However, it was also rare and elusive.
The emperor Qin Shi Huang reportedly sent armies of men to search for reishi on Mount Penglai, a mythical mountain and home to the gods. Their search was unsuccessful. However, the expedition did result in the discovery of Japan. This began the spreading of Chinese culture, and a love of reishi, across east Asia.
Throughout history, reishi has been the subject of art, myths and legends. One famous example is the legend of Madame White Snake. In this tale, a beautiful snake demon falls in love with a mortal man. When this ends in tragedy, she sets off in search of reishi to bring her beloved back to life.
Reishi's long history and its role in art and literature show how highly this herb is regarded by Asian culture. It is still given as a prestigious gift in China, a country where Chang Sheng Bu Lao - “Live long and never grow old” is still a popular toast.
Since the 1960's, reishi has been cultivated, making it much more widely available and easier to research.
In recent years, reishi has become one of the most well studied herbs available. Research has shown it contains a broad range of polysaccharides which modulate the immune system. It stimulates the immune system in cases of low immunity and regulates it in auto-immune diseases, allergies and asthma. It may even be beneficial in serious immune conditions like HIV. These powerful polysaccharides also inhibit tumour growth and reishi has shown promising anti-cancer properties.
Reishi is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is also high in antioxidants which protect against damage from free radicals. It is one of Chinese medicine's best liver tonics and supports the liver in its functions of detoxification and storing nutrients.
Reishi also contains triterpenes which have been shown to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. It can help stabilise blood sugar and is useful in diabetes.
Together, these properties have led reishi to be known as a potent protective herb. This applies to protection from not only physical but also emotional factors.
As a top adaptogenic herb, reishi helps the body adapt to stress. In its natural habitat, reishi grows on dying trees. It breaks down rotting wood into nutrients to fertilise its surrounding area. It acts similarly within the body.
Reishi works on our darker areas, breaking down obstacles to good health. Long term users report a greater state of clarity, more depth, tranquillity and openness to the world.
It helps us to become proactive rather than reactive, allowing us to create our own reality and achieve our ambitions. Reishi can help to support us on our path and facilitate personal development. It is great for emotional stability, clarity of mind and optimism.
The star of the Reishi family, Red Reishi, originates from the Dabie mountains of Anhui province in eastern China. These pristine mountains are known for their enchanting and powerful spiritual significance. The Dabie mountains are a transitional zone between subtropical and northern temperate zones. They are a place of unique synergy and offer a mild and humid climate that gives rise to powerful medicinal herbs.
By using the finest reishi from this unspoilt area you can be assured of its high quality. It is rich in the many nutrients which give reishi its fantastic benefits, and bring clarity, awareness and equilibrium to the body, mind and spirit.
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