Reishi Reishi Mushroom
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Key active constituents :

Beta and hetero-Beta-glucans (antitumour, immunostimulating )
Ling Zhi-8 protein (anti-allergenic, immuno-modulating)
Ganodermic acids – triterpenes (anti-allergenic agents, cholesterol and blood pressure reducing)


While results are promising, research reveals no clinical data regarding the use of reishi mushroom for anticancer immunostimulant effects. More clinical studies need to be performed in order to confirm these benefits.

NOTE: Please do not contact me regarding Psilocybe sp (magic mushrooms) as I do not cultivate such specimens nor harbor, trade, buy, or sell the sp. spores. This information is intended for anyone interested in cultivating and benefiting from benefits of edible Medicinal varieties.  Furthermore, although possession of Psilocybe spores is not illegal, it's cultivation, possession, and consumption is ILLEGAL.

If interested in Mycology and growing your own specimens, I urge you to visit his site at www.mycomasters.com .  He’s written several very clear and concise books in PDF format and printed for this purpose.   This woody mushroom highly regarded in traditional medicine and is widely consumed in the belief that it promotes health and longevity, lowers the risk of cancer and heart disease and boosts the immune system. 

We are so excited to offer the one and only Paul Stamet Reishi Extract product!
About 40 dropperfuls per 1 fl oz bottle. That's dropperfuls, not drops. A traditional tonic used to nourish, tonify, and supplement the whole body as it removes toxins and disperses accumulation.

We offer Fungi Perfecti’s alcohol-based medicinal mushroom extracts, in 1 and 2 fluid ounce bottles, made from pure mushroom mycelium cultured on Certified Organic brown rice. Fungi Perfecti is owned and operated by Paul Stamets, author of the definitive text Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, has pioneered the cultivation of many unique strains of medicinal fungi.  You can read more about Paul Stamets Here.

As a tonic it calms and nourishes the nervous system, strengthens the lungs, protects and stimulates the liver and helps the body adapt to stress. Considered among the most powerful natural healing herbs in Asia, Red Reishi was very rare and expensive to obtain until recently.

Reishi is rich in active organic compounds such as polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, triterpenes, ascorbic acid, sterols, lipids, alkaloids, a glucose, a courmarine glycoside, volatile oil, riboflavin and more. These compounds are being studied for their positive effects on the immune system, including anti-tumor activity. Asian cultures have also used Reishi, rendered in jade, as a talisman worn around the neck. Sometimes, whole dried Reishi are placed in the home to ward off evil.

30 drops of extract is equivalent to 1 gram of mushroom mycelium/fruitbodies, and can be consumed directly or mixed into your favorite beverage.
Reishi or Ling Chi of the Genus Ganoderma
Ganoderma lucidum (Wm. Curtis: Fries) Karsten

Family: Basidiomycetes
Genus and species:  Ganoderma lucidum

A bracket fungus with large stalked fan-shaped fruiting body, it grows on living or dead wood of deciduous trees. 
Ganoderma lucidum has  been used medicinally for centuries.  The Japanese refer to it as Reishi or Mannentake (10,000 Year Mushroom) while the
Chinese or Koreans refer to it as Ling Chi, Ling Zhi (Mushroom of Immortality) 

Reishi's use is documented in what is said to be the oldest Chinese medical text, which is more than 2,000 years old. This book contains information on about 400 medicines but lists the reishi as superior. Cultivation of reishi began in the 1980s.

Benefits of Reishi:

The Red variety of Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids). These polysaccharides have been found to have anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.

Triterpenes or ganoderic acids is the other major healing component of Red Reishi. Studies have shown ganoderic acids alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions.

Claims following regular consumption of red Reishi include improved immune system and blood circulation, treatment of anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma.

Reishi has proven beneficial in myeloblastic leukemia and nasopharyngeal carcinoma in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents, demonstrating tumor shrinkage, significant changes in hemoglobin counts, and overall quality-of-life markers. The fungus has had positive effects on human macrophages and T-lymphocytes.

Promising effects on the cardiovascular system and liver protectant actions have been found. Reishi has also been used in the positive treatment of hepatitis.  Herpes simplex has also been treated with Polysaccharides isolated from Reishi.

Others include: 

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-allergic activity
  • Bronchitis-preventative effect, inducing regeneration of bronchial epithelium
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial, against Staphylococci, Streptococci, and Bacillus pneumoniae
         (perhaps due to increased immune system activity)
  • Antioxidant, by eliminating hydroxyl free radicals
  • Antitumor activity
  • Antiviral effect, by inducing interferon production
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation
  • Cardiotonic action, lowering serum cholesterol levels with no effect on triglycerides,
         enhancing myocardial metabolism of hypoxic animals, and improving coronary artery hemodynamics
  • Central depressant and peripheral anticholinergic actions on the autonomic nervous system reduce
         the effects of caffeine and relax muscles
  • Enhanced natural killer cell (NK) activity in vitro in mice
  • Expectorant and antitussive properties demonstrated in mice studies
  • General immunopotentiation
  • Anti-HIV activity in vitro and in vivo
  • Improved adrenocortical function
  • Increased production of Interleukin-1 by murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro
  • Increased production of Interleukin-2 by murine splenocytes in vitro

I’ve listed a few articles on controlled experiments with very impressive and promising results.  But back to the cultivation of this miraculous shroomie.  Using Wayne’s method of cultivation I will use a tissue culture from the one and only and wonderful www.fungiperfecti.com.  The ingenious Rush Wayne suggested the tissue culture would surely increase the beneficial odds of a superior specimen considering the fungiperfecti staff have gone to the trouble of isolating it.  So it goes and I agree.   Using the tools and spawning methods suggested by Wayne, his text, and parameter information from Paul Stamet’s “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms”, I will set to do this and expect good results.  I also visited several Mycology discussion boards but had to weed through much talk and posting regarding some of the “Psilocybes” or hallucinogenic variety which I am not interested in.  Hell, I have enough dreams of flying at night without being on such hallucinogenics.  To each his own I suppose.   I will, in months to come, post my results.  Keep in mind, if this first attempt fails, I will go at it again and again until I get it right.  


Now for those not interested or willing to cultivate their own Reishi mushrooms, well, the pill form or 100% extract is available!  Quality and concentration will of course vary from vendor to vendor.  If you seek a high quality extract then www.fungiperfecti.com has it!  It is alcohol based.   I’ve seen the extracts in 1 and 2 ounce bottles range in price from $20 USD to $125 USD.  So which to buy?  Does the maxim “You get what you pay for” apply here?  Well many of the high end brands I found to be a combination of powerful and healing shrooms.  You can get a high quality and improved purity from fungiperfecti.com at a very reasonable price.  By the way, I’m no way affiliated with this company but mention them in observance of their years of experience and wonderful contributions to mycology!