What is Reishi mushroom?

The Reishi mushroom is well known for its medicinal usage in the eastern world, such as China. It’s scientific name is Ling Zhi and has been used for over 2000 years by Chinese healers in the time of the Han dynasty and is more thought of as an “elixir of immortality.” It is even documented for its usage in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, a Chinese book on agriculture and medicinal plants possibly written way back about 200 and 250 CE. It may have also been first used up to 4000 years ago.

This amazing mushroom improves our health in many ways such as boosting the immune system, helping cardiac function with heart disease and blood pressure, enhancing vital energy, improving memory and sleep, cognitive functions, helping with stress and has anti-aging effects. I must say that many people in society misunderstand the use of many of these mushrooms like Reishi by immediately assuming mushrooms gets you high. In some ways they have been demonised because the medical system do not want you to benefit from natures medicine and rather put you on their own ‘magic’ pill. It still amazes me that society has not figured out that the medical system is just a business that has no interest in keeping people healthy. If we were all healthy, they could not make money from us.

There is a cell wall component in most fungi known as the Beta-D-glucan and this is what boosts the immune system. It’s definitely something we all can use a little help with in this day and age as we are bombarded with poisons in our water supply, food and air. I always recommend anybody to do their own research and find out these things for themselves.

I also recommend purchasing a book written by Dr. John Richards called the Reishi Mushroom Book Guide. Reading this book will help you understand the many benefits that Ling Zhi has to offer. My job is just to simply bring it to people’s awareness so they can try these things out for themselves because I question why the medical system does not advise their customers the important benefits of this mushroom?

Other benefits of Reishi and how we can get the best out of it

You will learn that Reishi helps with allergy relief, it’s use as a histamine regulator, the benefits for the lungs, and even helps us in a spiritual way, healing our hearts, showing our life lessons and connecting us to our true purpose in life. There are probably endless benefits with this mushroom and it really is one of my favourites and nature always has the best medicine. It can also help with the flu, stomach upset, fatigue, depression, stabilise blood sugar levels, help with insomnia, inhibit tumour growths, and works as an anti-inflammatory. I will point out though, if you are on any blood-thinning medications I would not take Reishi at all as it may increase bleeding time.

However, all these ailments people suffer from really can be eliminated if you cut out the foods and drinks that cause the problems in the first place. It’s a no brainer but it does still baffles me somewhat that people won’t do this. Fizzy drinks, microwave meals and junk foods are full of chemicals with no nutrients and in the long run will hurt us. This is one of the reasons why we have so many diseases in our society. There is a reason why pharmaceutical companies exists and that’s to make money when we are sick.

Reishi does not have the best taste compared to other mushrooms as it is strong, but the health benefits are too good to miss. There are many ways to take Reishi and of course the most common is as a tea in powdered form. You can put it in smoothies, in soups or curries too. Many people do not eat these mushrooms cooked from fresh because it does have a strong taste, but you can if you wish. It’s the white textural part that is edible and not the yellow part. I purchase mine from Na’vi Organics, which is based in England and it comes in a powder dual extract form – extraction with water and alcohol. I put mine in quinoa or amaranth in the morning and eat it like a porridge with some baby or burro bananas, some raspberries and a little bit of grounded cinnamon. That is a potent breakfast full of nutrients and a great way to start to the day. I also put some in a chickpea curry. This is just a few ideas, so be creative.

Each extraction has its own benefits. The triterpenes (non-water soluble compounds) are best extracted in alcohol. The polysaccharides (the long branching chain of complex sugars) are best extracted from water. This is how you get those all-important components. You can even learn how to grow them yourself and purchase a starter kit. If you are not growing it yourself it is best to buy these mushrooms from companies who have had them wild crafted because it would have been in its natural environment. However, if not then at least buy them organic. Purchasing Reishi already dual extracted saves you the time but learning how to go through the process yourself will help you to appreciate the benefits more.

The book does encourage to use Reishi with non-vegan dishes, however, for best health I recommended to follow Dr Sebi’s non-hybrid alkaline electric organic vegan diet. It’s the information about the Reishi mushroom that is most important in Dr. Richards book. You can purchase another book if you prefer and explore this wonderful mushroom in your own way.


You can purchase the books here:

You can purchase Reishi mushroom here with a 10% discount. Just make sure you register:

(1) Wild, Raw & Organic Health Promoting Foods, Supplements & Superfoods – Na’vi Organics



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