Reishi is an oldest medicinally known mushroom dating back to 2000 years. Lingzhi in brief, is reported to have anti-neoplastic, immunomodulatory, immunotherapeutic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
For many years, reishi mushroom has been used by Asians in the form of water extract and decoction in treating several diseases. Like several medicines, reishi is bitter too. Hence, a hot water extract or decoction is the best way to make it more palatable. Reishi soup will be a bad option as it would be bitter, especially redder the color of reishi, more bitter they are. Black reishi are less bitter version.
Anti-neoplastic effect of reishi is not completely understood. The way in which biological work is quite complex. Unlike allopathic drugs, they have multiple mechanisms super imposing each other thanks to their large molecular variation. Fungal extracts of reishi have been tested in laboratory for understanding the anticancer effects. Of how much ever is understood to researchers, reishi acts at different stages of cancer development- angiogenesis and metastasis. Also, reishi induces apoptosis and kills cancer cells. By inhibiting angiogenesis, reishi cuts the life support to tumor cells. Furthermore, it acts by preventing the spread of cancerous cells to other parts of body. This way, cancer is contained in a particular region where it can be specifically targeted. Reishi has been shown to have comparably similar anticancer activity as of shitake.
Reishi is a very good skin protective. One of the major protective molecule in reishi is ganoderic acid. When included in diet, reishi mushrooms are helpful in retaining youthful appearance and overall health for a beautiful skin.
Ganodermic acid and ling zhi 8-protein present in reishi are good for allergies and inflammatory symptoms. Furthermore, they also help in regulating immune and circulatory systems. Thus, reishi is good remedy for skin puffiness and wrinkles.
Those who are yearning for a fair skin, there is a good news. Reishi mushroom has wonder molecules that suppress melanin and fight free radicals. Destruction of free radicals and promotion of skin regeneration improves skin texture and thickness too. Reishi is a good remedy for skin problems such as insect stings, rashes, wounds, scrapes, and sunburns. Thus, it is a boon for people in countries like Australia or who are out in the sun for long time.
Stress kills us faster. Crohn’s disease is a deadly disease that is alarmingly affecting an individual. As a serious inflammatory disease, crohn’s disease affects the inner lining of intestines. It is an ongoing disease that causes inflammation of digestive tract. Reishi comes as a great rescue with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.