Ganoderma (Reishi) - A Review of the Health Benefits of Mushrooms

There are a lot of great herbs that can be used to facilitate greater health.  Due to their power, they can provide exceptional changes to the body by giving it the tools it needs to bring itself back to health.  Ganoderma Lucidum (also known as Red Reishi, or Ling Zhi) in an herbal mushroom that is known to have miraculous health benefits.  Lets take a look at the "all-in-one" herb that has the capacity to really change your life.
 Ganoderma is Not Just Another Mushroom

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Ganoderma should not be confused with your dinner table variety mushroom.  Its highly medicinal benefits far outweigh those we see in the grocery store, and it doesn't have the same "damp" qualities of the traditional mushroom.
In fact, Ganoderma is very "woody" and is prepared primarily as tea, by cutting it up and boiling excessively to unlock the medicinal components.  It is not commonly, if at all, used in food preparation.
What's Good About Ganoderma?
There are many things good about ganoderma, but what separates it from many other herbs is that its known as being non-toxic and it can be taken on a daily basis without producing side effects.  Quite often you cannot take medicinal herbs on a regular basis, but that’s not the case with Ganoderma.
If taken on a regular basis it can help restore the body to its natural state, which can then allow all organs to function properly.  Ganoderma does not "fix" these issues, it simply provides the body with the tools to fix itself (what the body is meant to do, if we feed and treat it properly).
One of the best things about Ganoderma is its ability to regulate and fine-tune the immune system.  All health begins and ends with the strength of our immune system, and Ganoderma supports it in a way that it will stimulate it if required (to fight off bacteria or a virus, for example), or help bring it down, in the case of an overactive immune system.
What Are The Benefits of Ganoderma?
Due to the fact that Ganoderma is a highly rated adaptogen (it adapts to each body's situation), immune supporter, and general tonic, its benefits are multiplied.
Ganoderma has been used to treat allergies, anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and lowers blood pressure.  Ganoderma is also a strong detoxifier, which in and of itself can facilitate wellness.
What Is the Evidence?
Ganoderma has been around and studied for over 2000 years.  In the past 30 years, studies in Japan, China, USA, and the UK has shown that Ganoderma has been used in treatments for a wide variety of diseases, ailment, and conditions.
What’s important to note is that the action of Ganoderma is connected to its ability to normalize the body, and regulate the body's organs and functions.  A body in its natural state is in a healthy state.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view is that taking the active components of Ganoderma on its own is not nearly as effective as the synergistic effect of consuming the entire herb.  This is why it’s important to include the entire herbal complex, and not singular components.
TCM also maintains the fact that Ganoderma is an important adaptogenic herb and helps the body maintain balance, and restore it when it’s sick.  In other words, a balanced body is a healthy body.
Who Should Take Ganoderma?
According to research, and practical application, Ganoderma is a health food supplement that is useful for all age groups.
It has also been noted that in 2000 years of study, there are no reported contraindications with other medications.  As always, it is a good idea to consult a qualified health physician before taking any supplement, especially with medication.


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