Reishi: The Most Popular Medicinal Mushroom

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"Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) has wide-ranging applications and deserves a close look. Based on research, there are many conditions that appear to improve when Ganoderma is consumed regularly.
Modern View
In recent decades the class of herbs known as adaptogens has garnered great interest, likely due to the significant amount of stress under which many people work and live. Adaptogens as an area of investigation trace back to Dr. Israel Brekhman"s original researchin fact it was only due to his investigations that the term "adaptogen" was coined; it is not at all a traditional herbal category, but it has shown its value as a modern addition to herbal medicine.
In brief, adaptogens are substances that assist the body in adapting to various stressors, whether they be the stress of long work hours, excess exercise, temperature challenges (e.g., living in a very cold environment), or emotional factors.
Ganoderma is virtually an ideal substance to help people deal with the challenges of the modern age in which almost everyone is overworking, eating less-than-ideal food on the run, sleeping poorly (and not enough), sitting at a desk all day and on a sofa at night watching television, all while being overwhelmed by stress.
Traditional View
It is only because of its rich, long history of use as a tonic substance in China and Japan that modern science has focused its lens on Ganoderma. Tradition pointed the way, and so we need to look at what the ancients thought of this mushroom.
Its Chinese name, lingzhi, tells us much about how it was revered. As a term, lingzhi first appears in Han Dynasty literature. Wikipedia can be consulted for a fuller discussion of the name ( wiki/Lingzhi_mushroom), but we can easily settle on a translation of "spirit plant of longevity."
That is saying a lot in traditional literature to ascribe those sorts of properties to Ganoderma. Such designations were not given out lightly in the classical herbal literature of China. Many ancient artworks depict a wandering sage with reishi in one hand. And a staff in the other."

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