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Reishi 1:1 Extract, (Ganoderma lucidum) Powder Bulk
Polyporaceae (Polypor Family)
The genus name Ganoderma derives from the Greek ganos, "brightness," and derma, "skin." The species name lucidum is Latin for "shining." Both refer to the plant's naturally glossy appearance.
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Native to China, reishi is a fungus that grows on decaying hardwood in moist, shady conditions; these days it is more likely to be cultivated than to be found in the wild. Reishi has pores instead of gills. When young it has yellow and white coloring on its surface. The mature fruiting body ranges in color from orangish to black, but the red variety is considered most medicinal.
Adaptogen, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antitussive, antiviral, cardiotonic, expectorant, hepatoprotective, hypotensive, immune stimulant, rejuvenative
Reishi is considered a longevity herb in Chinese medicine and has been in use in that tradition for more than four thousand years. In the Taoist tradition reishi is said to enhance spiritual receptivity, and it is used by monks to calm the spirit and mind. It is known to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar levels, lower levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol), and inhibit histamine release and blood platelet aggregation. It also activates the phagocytosis of macrophages and stimulates interferon production and activity, thereby supporting the immune system, and inhibits the activity of staphyloccus and streptococcus. Reishi is used in the treatment of AIDS, allergies, altitude sickness, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, depression, diabetes, fatigue, food sensitivities, hemorrhoids, hepatitis, high cholesterol, HIV, hypertension, hypotension, insomnia, nephritis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, ulcers, and varicose veins.
These mushrooms are too hard and woody to eat. They are sometimes made into a tea.
Vitamin B2, vitamin C, adenosine, ganoderic acid S, ganoderic acid R, ganesterone, lipids, ash, protein, glucans, polysaccharides, phytosterols, coumarin
Reishi has a very low potential for toxicity. When pregnant or while nursing, use only under the guidance of a qualified health-care practitioner. Longterm use may cause dry mouth, dizziness, and digestive distress. Because reishi can inhibit blood clotting, it should be avoided at least one week before surgery, before childbirth, or in conjunction with blood-thinning medications.
Plant details were provided by iPlant by Brigitte Mars.