If you ever went to China and asked someone for the cure that heals everything, chances are that they will recommend the reishi mushroom or lingzhi mushroom.
The mushroom Red Reishi (latin name: Ganoderma lucidum) commonly known In China as Ling Zhi has a tradition of 4000 years being used as a food, medicine and tea, in both China and Japan. Because of its rarity in the past, as it doesn’t grow in large quantities in nature, was on the level of ambrosia and reserved for the respective royalty up until the second half of the 20th century when it started to get mass produced.
How does it work?
Among the beneficial components the Reishi mushroom contains are a type of complex carbohydrate called water-soluble polysaccharides that have shown themselves as a potent weapon against tumors, it improves the immune system, and lowers the blood pressure.
It also contains proteins, triterpenoids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and oligoelements.
And most important of all is that it doesn’t contain toxins and it can be used any in any amount.
Over the past 30 years, the numerous experiments have confirmed that Reishi can cure insomnia, numerous ailments of the digestive tract, including stomach ulcers and ulcers of the small intestine, hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, hearth diseases, allergies, improves the immunity and liver functions.
Because of its antibacterial and antivirus capabilities, it is often used as a natural antibiotic and the pharmacy has used its spores and mycelium to create injections, pills, syrups, and medicinal dust.
In the macrobiotics, Reishi is used as a tea.
However, the usefulness of the mushroom doesn’t change the fact that it is has a woody texture and it is not usually used as we would use a traditional mushroom, but instead we use it as tea, a tincture or soup.
Traditional Chinese medicine recommends a daily regular usage of 3-5 grams and up to 12-15 grams when treating some illness.
It is best used along with vitamin C, as it improves the absorption of the useful components of the Reishi.
Tea Recipe – stimulates the immune system to fight infection and foreign cells, inhibits tumor growth, lowers blood pressure and stabilizes blood sugar.
– Dried reishi mushrooms
The amounts are up to you. As it is mentioned above, a standard reishi recommendation is 3-5 grams a day, although doses up to 15 grams are not uncommon for more serious illnesses. In case you don’t have a scale, 3 grams is about 1 heaping tablespoon of broken or ground reishi pieces. For 3-5 grams of reishi, use about 4 – 5 cups of water.
In a stainless steel or ceramic pot pour some water to boil. Don’t use aluminum for a long boiling process. Add the mushroom pieces and reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, not outright boiling. Let it simmer for 2 hours. Then remove the pot from the heat, strain, and let it cool a bit.
If you don’t like the taste, you can add honey, ginger, juice or green tea.
Don’t add too much refined sugar or you defeat the purpose of creating a healthy drink.