Reishi is an adaptogen, adaptogens:
Increase the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range
of physical, chemical and biochemical factors.
Adaptogens have an overall normalizing effect, improving all kinds
of conditions and aggravating none.
Adaptogens must restore balance to the system regardless of the
direction of the illness (for example, an adaptogen would work
equally well in a depleted condition as it would in a condition of
Finally adaptogens must have minimal effects on the body's physiological
Reishi has many
benefits and has been hailed as an elixir of great importance;
Immune system support.
Cancer support – Reishi limits tumour aggressiveness, activates the
immune system and is reported to reduce the side-effects of
chemotherapy (higher doses are required for effective cancer
Blood sugar stabilizer – in experiments reishi has been shown to
reduce glucose, increase insulin release and enhance glucose
metabolism in the liver.
Anti-oxidant – with radical scavenging activity it is able to assist
in detoxifying the liver.
Liver protection and support - in treatments lasting from 2 to 15
weeks, the overall rate of efficiency was 70 to 98%.
Anti-allergy/anti-inflammatory – significantly inhibits all four
types of allergic reactions, including positive effects against
asthma and contact dermatitis.
During an eight-month study of Alzheimer's disease, patients taking
a Reishi mycelium product demonstrated significant improvement.
Stiff joints are also treated with Reishi.
Anti-aging tests with reishi have shown that it is limits skin DNA
Anti-cholesterol - reishi showed significant preventive and
therapeutic action against plaque build-up in the arteries which
leads to atherosclerosis.
study in China found that low density lipoprotein (LDL, the harmful
cholesterol) levels dropped in 68% of 90 patients, following one to
four months of Reishi use.
Improves memory and reduces forgetfulness.
Relieves the symptoms of lack of energy, stress, exhaustion, strain
and short-term insomnia.