Organic Reishi Powder

Reishi Mushroom Powder - ORGANIC!

100g - £10.50 250g £21.60

Scientific Name: Ganoderma lucidum

Origin: Our Reishi comes from China

History: The mushrooms generic name derives from two Greek words: ganos, meaning brightness and derma meaning skin and Lucindum is Latin for “shining”. These refer to the glowing skin of the reishi mushroom.  Reishi has been revered in China for centuries. In Chinese folklore reishi is known as the “plant of immortality”. [1]

Ganoderma lucidum grow in the northern Eastern Hemlock forests at the base and stumps of deciduous trees.  It occurs in six different colours, but the red variety is most commonly used and commercially grown.  Wild reishi is rare, so today most commercial Reishi is cultivated on wood in sterile conditions.  

Reishi has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat all sorts of ailments. [2]

Reishi has been revered for centuries in China.  According to the year 2000 edition of the State Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (an official compendium of drugs), Ganoderma Lucidum "acts to replenish Qi, ease the mind, and relieve cough and asthma, and it is recommended for dizziness, insomnia, palpitation, and shortness of breath".  [3]

In 1596 Li Shizhen, the author of Bencao Gangmu (“The Compendium of Materia Medica), described the effects of Chizhi "red mushroom",“ Taken over a long period of time, agility of the body will not cease, and the years are lengthened to those of the Immortal Fairies.” [4]  

Obviously this is folklore and modern day research needs to be done to determine the health benefits of reishi.

Nutritional Benefits

Reishi is said to contain an array of nutrients including beta glucans, pro vitamin D2, Zinc and Selenium [5]

Disclaimer: The information in website is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice.

References:

[1] Stuart, G. A. and F. Porter Smith (1911), Chinese Materia Medica, Pt. 1, Vegetable Kingdom, Presbyterian Mission Press. p. 271.  

[2] http://www.naturalstandard.com/news/news201010034.asp

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17875480

[4]Tr. by Halpern, George M. (2007), Healing Mushrooms, Square One, p. 59.

[5] http://examine.com/supplements/Ganoderma+lucidum/#ref45