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(other common names: Ganoderma, Lingzhi, Youngzhi Ling Chih, Mannentake, Red Reishi, Ganoderma Oregonense, Ganoderma Lucidum) is a member of the family of Fungi, is one of the most precious and rare wild medicinal plants in China. Tradition of the Chinese people says: "Ling Zhi the miraculous plant, has the virtue of raising the dead and giving them life again."
This is enough to prove how high Ling Zhi appraised for the invaluable qualities it possesses as a pharmaceutical plant.
"The Chinese Materia Medice", a pharmacopoeia by world-famous pharmacologist Li Shih-chen, justifies this valuation an ancient times and depicts: "Ling Zhi strengthens the heart, increase vitality and mental activity, and preserves one's youthful complexion."
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Ling Zhi (Reishi) very helps to promote the function of the heart and the mental activities, increase vigour, straighten the joints, invigorate the sinews, build the bones and beautify the complexion.
Ling Zhi conspicuous results to accelerate the blood circulation, dispel fatigue and safeguard the liver. It is efficacious for neurasthenia and chronic bronchitis. Ling Zhi boosts your immune system against the increasing number of toxins in our environment. Prevent degeneration of your body and enhance your overall vitality.
It's no secret that the typical Western diet centers on meat and processed foods, which contain excessive hormones, emulsifiers, preservatives and other chemical additives. Many believe that our diets are slowly sickening the population and leading to a higher incidence of serious diseases later in life. Once an illness manifests, recovery can be slow and difficult. Under these circumstances, many health-conscious people are taking a daily regimen of Ling Zhi (Reishi) to boost their body's defenses against the daily pounding from the toxins in our diets and environment.
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Skeptics can doubt the previous explanation as Taoist "mumbo jumbo," but laboratory research proves many of reishi's medicinal applications. As Dr. Andrew Weil writes, reishi "has been the subject of a surprising amount of scientific research in Asia and the West." Research shows that the polysaccharide beta-1,3-D-glucan in reishi boosts the immune system by raising the amount of macrophages T-cells, which has major implications for people suffering from AIDS and other immune system disorders.
This immune-boosting action also works wonders in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as the T-cells are then able to fight cancer cells more effectively. However, reishi may help the body defeat cancer in not just one, but four ways. In addition to boosting the immune system, the glucan in reishi helps immune cells bind to tumor cells. Many experts believe that it also actually reduces the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another substance in reishi, called canthaxanthin, slows down the growth of tumors, according to "Prescription for Dietary Wellness" author Phyllis A. Balch and other experts. As a result of these amazing anti-cancer abilities, laboratory research and traditional medicinal usage of reishi to fight cancer is so positive that the Japanese government officially recognizes it as a cancer treatment.
Besides cancer, reishi can help and treat another of America's top killers: cardiovascular disease. The protection reishi offers against heart disease and stroke is truly remarkable because it helps prevent so many different risk factors, due to its high content of heart-saving substances like sterols, ganoderic acids, coumarin, mannitol and polysaccharides. Experts believe that the ganoderic acids in particular lower triglyceride levels, remove excess cholesterol from the blood, lower blood pressure, reduce platelet stickiness and even help correct arrhythmia. In fact, for 54 people with hypertension unresponsive to medication, taking reishi extract three times a day for four weeks was enough to significantly lower blood pressure, according to a study reported by Burton Goldberg in "Heart Disease." Just imagine how the incidence of cardiovascular disease could be reduced if using reishi really caught on in the Western hemisphere.
While you protect your body against infectious disease, cancer and heart disease, your use of reishi can also help relieve your everyday discomforts. Do you have allergies? Japanese researchers discovered that the lanostan in reishi acts as a natural antihistamine. Do you suffer from muscle aches or arthritis? Dr. William B. Stavinhoa of the University of Texas Health Science Center found that reishi is as powerful as five milligrams of hydrocortisone, but with minimal side effects. What about anxiety or insomnia? According to "Mind Boosters" by Dr. Ray Sahelia, the reishi mushroom can calm the mind, as well as improve memory, concentration and focus. With all these benefits, reishi truly is the "medicine of kings."