Reishi mushrooms have been used in China and Japan for nearly 4,000 years as a health tonic and as folk medicine for liver problems, heart conditions, asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, and arthritis. The scientific name is Garnoderma lucidum and is distributed in many parts of the world. The picture above shows the Resihi we found here in NC in October 2002. Modern research and tests conducted in China and Japan have shown positive results in the use of Reishi against many diseases in animal and human models. Scientists have isolated several chemicals in Reishi that have pharmacological (medicinal) effects on the body, amongst which are polysaccharides, which have been shown to help the body fight cancerous tumors and also stimulate the immune system to combat infections and viruses. Other substances, called triterpenes, have been found in reishi mushrooms and shown to lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
Reishi mushrooms also contain sterols, which may influence the hormonal system, and natural anti-histamines, which reduce allergic reactions and inflammation in the body. In Asia, numerous clinical studies with humans have documented reishi mushrooms' healing properties. They have shown significant results in treating hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and heart disease. Reishi mushrooms have also been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, increase white blood cell count, reduce allergic reactions, and have a calming effect on the central nervous system when given to humans in observed studies. Read more about this mushroom in the Gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine. We have good cultures of loacl origin of this mushrooms that you can use for cultivation and we can teach you how to grow them for personal; use or for profit.