Reishi mushroom benefits, reishi benefits, reishi side effects
September 26, 2011
Reishi Mushroom Review
Reishi mushroom [Lingzhi, Ganoderma lucidum] mushroom is a popular supplement with an impressive array of
reputed health benefits.  Reishi mushroom has gain a superior reputation among all herbs in Asia. Some herbalists
call reishi mushroom as "The King of All Herbs" or "The Miraculous King of Herbs. Reishi mushroom is also called as
Lingzhi in China, Reishi in Japan and Youngchi in Korea.

Reishi mushrooms grow wild on decaying logs and tree stumps in the coastal provinces of China. Reishi mushroom
grows in six different colors, but the red reishi mushroom is the popular one.  Reishi mushroom has been shown to
have benefits on various conditions such as general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and cough for
thousand years. Reishi's Chinese name lingzhi means the herb of spiritual potency.  Reishi mushroom contains
sterols, coumarin, mannitol, polysaccharides, and triterpenoids [ganoderic acids].

According to, reishi mushroom grows in the northern Eastern Hemlock forests and grows as a parasite
on a wide variety of trees. Reishi mushroom grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees especially maple. Only
two or three out of 10,000 such aged trees will have reishi mushroom growth, and therefore its wild form is generally
rare. Today, reishi mushtroom is effectively cultivated indoors and outdoors on either logs or woodchip beds.

Reishi mushroom is traditionally prepared as a hot water extract. Sliced reishi mushroom is added into a pot of boiling
water, the water is then brought a simmer, and the pot is covered, the reishi mushroom is then simmered for two
hours. The taste is bitter. Alternatively, reishi extract is available as supplement in the forms of capsules, powder or


Reishi mushroom benefits
Reishi mushroom may have many health benefits including anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, anti-oxidative and
immunotherapeutic activities. Reishi mushroom may also have the benefits of blood pressure, glucose level and
LDL-cholesterol profile lowering activities. Reishi mushroom was found to benefit people at risk of altitude sickness,
hepatitis B, glomerulosclerosis, cancer, and ulcer development. For details, please, review
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Reishi mushroom can be taken either as 1.5 grams per day of the crude dried mushroom, 1-1.5 grams per day in
powdered form.[17]

Reishi mushroom side effects include dizziness, dry mouth and throat, nosebleeds, and abdominal upset. Further, it
may increase the risk of bleeding. [A1] According to, drinking reishi wine may lead to a rash, while
breathing in reishi spores may trigger allergy. [A2]

One of the effect of reishi is blood-pressure lowering, people with low blood pressure should avoid reishi mushroom.
Further, medications for high blood pressure, such as captopril, enalapril, losartan, valsartan, diltiazem, amlodipine,
hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide etc. interact with reishi mushroom and cause the blood pressure go too low.

Reishi mushroom was found to inhibit platelet aggregation. High doses of reishi mushroom may slow blood clotting.
Do not take reishi mushroom together with aspirin, clopidogrel, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, dalteparin,
enoxaparin, heparin, warfarin, ginkgo biloba etc.

If you experience any side effects of reishi mushroom, you must stop using it and inform your doctor immediately.

Reishi Benefits
[17] Hobbs C. Medicinal Mushrooms. Santa Cruz, CA: Botanica Press, 1995, 96–107] A1 6. Wachtel-Galor S, Szeto YT,
Tomlinson B, et al. Ganoderma lucidum ('Lingzhi'); acute and short-term biomarker response to supplementation. Int J Food
Sci Nutr. Feb 2004;55(1):75-83. [A2]
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