Botanical Name: Ganoderma lucidum

Family: Ganodermataceae

Energetics: warm, dry, tonifying

Taste: bitter, salty, earthy, umami

Parts used: mushroom

Affinities: cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune systems

Actions: cardiac tonic, hypotensive, nervous tonic, parasympathetic nervous trophorestorative, immune modulator, adrenal tonic, adaptogen, antispasmodic, digestive, hepatic, anodyne

Preparations: tea, decoction, tincture, capsule, soup

Cautions: Generally regarded as safe for all ages. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • As a nervous system tonic, reishi has the ability to build up a weakened nervous system, particularly the parasympathetic or rest and digest system.
  • Reishi can help repair damaged adrenals helping the body cope with stress better and more effectively.
  • As an immune modulator, reishi will either bolster up a weakened immune system or relax an overactive immune system.
  • Reishi is a cardiac tonic that will help repair and strengthen the nerves of the heart. It also helps with blood clotting and lowers blood pressure.
  • Reishi is extremely helpful for dealing with high altitudes and altitude sickness. It helps with oxygen uptake when the air is thin. It’s best to start taking reishi at least a couple of weeks before traveling to high altitudes.


**This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. It is for educational purposes only.

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