The Reishi Fungus
Reishi – how it works and how it is used
Reishi is a medicinal fungus. In Asia, it is primarily deployed to strengthen the immune system, or to treat high blood pressure, exhaustion, bronchitis, asthma, insomnia, neurasthenia and arthritis, or to promote the healing of wounds and as adjuvant therapy for cancer.
Reishi’s extraordinary complex of active substances stimulates the body’s own healing processes. The liver is detoxified and strengthened, which only shows Reishi’s amazing versatility. A vital role here is played by the polysaccharides and triterpenes, secondary plant substances that are particularly good for the health.
TCM considers Reishi one of the most effective strength-boosters. Its antioxidants make it the “anti-ageing fungus” and it can even balance the nervous system when the body is under stress.
Exclusive use, traditionally
In bygone days, ordinary people had to relinquish every Reishi fungus, because it was reserved exclusively for the nobility, probably for the following reason:
Reishi is able to calm and balance thoughts and feelings, and thus using it enabled the ruling classes better to govern and to keep their cool in times of crisis.
The spiritual effect
Reishi is called “the great protector” in traditional and shamanic medicine. What makes it so attractive is its ability to see the whole person, body, soul and spirit, and to keep them all in balance.