Continuing my series on medicinal mushrooms, today I’d like to introduce you to the Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum). It’s quite an amazing looking mushroom.
For thousands of years, mushrooms have been used in Japan and China for their medicinal benefits. The Reishi mushroom is prized above all other varieties. Once reserved exclusively for members of the royal family, Reishi is often referred to as “the King of Mushrooms” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today, modern medical science is affirming the health benefits that Eastern cultures have known and enjoyed for generations.
Reishi’s Potential for Beneficial Impacts on Cancer Treatments
Reishi is used for a wide range of health conditions. An overall Qi (energy) enhancer, Reishi is said to sharpen the mind and promote longevity. Extensive research done on Reishi is proving that it has an abundance of positive benefits. Recently, several Japanese studies have confirmed that Reishi can be responsible for arresting metastatic cancer, and The Japanese Cancer Society has found Reishi to be effective against sarcomas, according to Terry Willard, internationally renowned clinical herbalist.
In clinical studies at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Raymond Chang reported that applications of Ganoderma should be considered for:
- Chemoprophylaxis of cancer in individuals at high risk for developing cancer;
- Adjuvant use in the prevention of metastasis or recurrence of cancer;
- Palliation of cancer related cachexia;
- Adjunctive use with concurrent chemotherapy to reduce side-effects, maintain leukocyte counts and allow a more optimal dosing of chemo or radio therapeutics.
So what is it that makes Reishi the most potent herb on the market today? The active ingredients responsible for its healing, rejuvenating and beneficial implications are the polysaccharides, which are expressed at their highest power in the mushroom’s spores.
A study conducted by S. Zhao, G. Ye, et al found that Reishi has proven to be successful in the treatment of ovarian cancer. In addition, Terry Willard writes that Reishi has the ability to stop the proliferation of many cancer cell lines in vitro, including:
- Lymphocytic leukemia
- Lung carcinoma
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cervix uteri tumor
- Bladder cancer
Reishi is found to be effective in cancer when used as a supplement. It helps reduce side effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, reduces pain, prolongs survival and minimizes metastasis, while improving overall quality of life and preventing occurrence or recurrence. Reishi alone is not a cure-all for cancer but has been shown to be beneficial in most cases of malignancy, according to Chang’s research.
I have found a company here in the United States named True Reishi. I do not receive any benefits from recommending their product, I just wanted to share with you that this company offers the first 100% pure Reishi spore oil product cultivated from mushrooms grown on self-managed farmlands in China. Because they own the farmlands, that provides a controlled environment that allows the company to grow the Reishi mushrooms in a way that upholds their strict standards. Even the water used to feed these plants is carried through a pipe from a pristine mountaintop to ensure purity from the source. The company has spent years cultivating the mushrooms and researching the best production methods to enhance their product’s healing benefits.
For more information on medicinal mushrooms, see my recent articles Medicinal Mushrooms: Fungi That Fight Cancer Cells and The Benefit Of Mushrooms and 6 Tips For Taking.
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