Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Adaptogen: Reishi, The Fabulous Fungus

Reishi, or ling zhi, is a medicinal mushroom that's indigenous to Asia. Its name means "spirit herb," and has long been used by Toaist sages to expand mind consciousness and improve longevity. Though it's fairly rare in the wild, and was once distributed primarily to Chinese royalty, it is now cultivated and readily available. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is used to calm the "shen," or spirit, which when disturbed, causes anxiety, poor sleep, restlessness and poor memory.

Reishi is one of the most important Chinese tonic herbs and has been researched extensively. As an adaptogen, it has the ability to modulate the immune system and reduce stress, and it is used to relieve the side effects of cancer treatment and increase T-cells. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. This is one mushroom that you may want to consider adding to your diet! It typically comes in capsule form and is taken with a dosage of 500-1000 mg.

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