Reishi – The Immortality Mushroom

Reishi – The Immortality Mushroom

Reishi – The Immortality Mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, better known in the world as miraculous mushroom reishi, is one of the oldest natural remedies used in traditional Chinese medicine. The word Reishi comes from Japanese, Chinese name for the mushroom is ling zhi, which can be loosely translated as „divine mushroom of immortality“. Czech name for it is lesklokorka leskla.

In nature, reishi grows on mouldering tree trunks and stumps, particularly in coastal regions of China. The fruiting body of this mushroom (organ above the ground with the purpose of reproduction – „cap“) is very shiny (looks as if it has been varnished), fan-shaped and up to thirty centimetres wide. Colouring of the mushroom changes in the course of its development. Initially, the colour is dirty yellow, the following is a chestnut hue, then it turns brown and finally it is black coloured. The edge is sharp and soft. Fruiting body cannot be consumed directly, because the consistency is somewhat woody.


Following a detailed analysis, scientists have discovered reishi contains all essential amino acids, some vitamins from the B complex, and where minerals are concerned it is rich in iron, selenium, and otherwise rare germanium. Some experts have linked germanium to the anti-tumor effects this mushroom possesses, others mention it as an immunity booster. It is interesting that aside from reishi, the high content of germanium can be found also in garlic and ginseng root. However, reishi boasts the highest content of the rare mineral.

Reishi also contains various polysaccharide types, which influences its ability to support the immune system (some of them are in effect similar to beta-glucans), their anti-tumor effects are being researched. In addition, it contains antioxidants, polysaccharides, triterpenes, fiber, enzymes, adenosines. Terpenoids (among the most significant: ganoderic and lucidenic acid) are said to have an anti-inflammatory effect.


This mushroom that has been traditionally recommended for memory issues, is now debated to have beneficial effects for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory problems, due to certain substances from the terpenoid family. It is a good prevention measure against thrombosis (due to adenosine content) and histamine release (which is why it is recommended to people with allergies). Among other health benefits are also: complete support in the body detoxification process, cellular metabolism improvement, removal of toxic substances that have accumulated in the liver, and the consequent protection of the liver from being clogged by harmful substances again. It also supports the physiological functions of the liver.

Reishi promotes heart health (substances contained in the mushroom improve the blood flow and oxygen supply to the cells), normalizes blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and helps with asthma treatment. It has a significant immunomodulatory effect. Also, it has been employed with tumor diseases. Reishi can be found inside the bioinformatic product Imunosan Energy, which supports the overall immune system. Frequently, reishi extract is combined with vitamin C, since it helps the absorption of polysaccharides contained in this mushroom. Flavocel is suitable for vitamin C supplementation.


Reishi has been used in China as early as 4000 years ago, when various syrups and tinctures have been made from it, for life-prolonging purposes. It was recommended as a strength booster with physical and psychological convalescence, following a disease or any state of exhaustion in general. It was administered in cases of weakness after childbirth, or with postpartum hair loss.

According to Chinese medicine, not only are kidneys and their condition mirrored in – hair, furthermore this organ has its own representing orifice – ears. It has been proven in practice, that the effect of reishi on liver essence can also moderate or completely eradicate tinnitus. Chinese teaching claims reishi can, due to its tropism, replenish blood of the heart, and in doing so soothe the Shen spirit. This term means influencing the psyche and emotions of the whole body. I can confirm this myself because since I have been using this mushroom it has been impossible to get angry, even when I would like to.

Reishi is recommended with problems such as insomnia, heart palpitations, mental fatigue, lack of concentration, neurasthenia, vertigo, etc. Reishi has been linked to the lungs, as well. It can transform mucus, which in return tends to stop coughing and shortness of breath. Interestingly, ancient Chinese supposedly used it to reduce the side effects of alcohol consumption, in this case probably rice wine. From the above written, it is obvious that this mushroom has its use in traditional Chinese medicine as much as in contemporary modern medicine. It is only up to us, to which extent we will make use of the options that it is offering.

You Should Know IMUNOSAN Use

  • lowered immunity, immune disorders
  • acute and chronic inflammatory diseases (viruses, bacteria), repeated infections
  • diseases of the respiratory tract, digestive system
  • natural gut microbiota support – inflammation, antibiotics
  • effects of chemical substances and radiation (including medication), boosting liver and kidney activity
  • infectious liver disease
  • allergies, skin manifestations, eczema, psoriasis, asthma
  • healing and convalescence after an illness or surgery
  • elevated levels of sugar and fat in the blood
  • high blood pressure
  • fatigue, exhaustion, weakness, stress

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