The Anti-Inflammatory Power of Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are documented to have wonderful medicinal value. Fight Inflammation with Reishi Mushrooms     Reishi mushrooms or Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Zhi) is documented to have wonderful medicinal value. Reishi mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a herbal medicine for more than 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used in medicine. The word lingzhi, in Chinese, means “herb of spiritual potency” and is considered the “mushroom of immortality.” It has attained a reputation in the East as the miracle mushroom due to its many health benefits and absence of side-effects. Lingzhi has been added to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium. Lingzhi has a diverse amount of other species and mycologists are still researching the differences between each particular Ganoderma lucidum species. Ganoderma lucidum is the only known source of a group of triterpenes, known as ganoderic acids, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It is a source of biologically active polysaccharides, ergosterol, coumarin, mannitol, lactones, alkaloids, unsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals. The reishi extract is effective in treating migraine headaches. It is believed that oxygen shortage in the brain (hypoxia) is at the core of the pathogenesis of a migraine attack. As an anti-inflammatory agent, the extract is effective in substantially alleviating the problems and pain related to rheumatism or osteoarthritis and gout. In treating hypertension or hypotension, the extract is highly effective in a very large number of cases treated. In the more successful cases, blood pressure is back to normal within two months. The extract has been found effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating asthma attack. It is effective in reducing blood sugar levels and the amounts of insulin required for diabetic patients. The extract is operative in…

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