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Red Reishi Slice – 40g

Red Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.

Common Name : Red Reishi


通用名称 :赤灵芝


Saintific Name : Ganoderma Lucidum


Packing Size : Slice 40g


Dosage And Use Direction :

1. 2-3 slices add into drinking tea

2. 5-10  slices add into drinking soup




1。 2-3片加入到饮茶

2。 5-10片添加到汤饮




Red Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.


So what’s so good about red reishi?

It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side effects.


When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally.


Immune modulator – regulates and fine tunes the immune system.


What are the benefits of Reishi?


Red Reishi improves liver function.


Red Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.


Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.


Red Reishi enhance our body’s immune system.


Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body’s immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. A full list of reported benefits can be found here.


Is there any evidence?


A considerable number of studies in Japan , China , USA , and the UK in the past 30 years have shown that the consumption of red Reishi has been linked to the treatment of a vast range of diseases, common ailments, and conditions. From asthma to zoster, the applications of red Reishi seem to be related to a multitude of body organs and systems.


However, most of the scientific research that has been conducted appears to strongly support red Reishi’s role as a normalizing substance – a nutritional supplement that can yield medical benefits through its normalization and regulation of the body’s organs and functions. 


The role of Red Reishi in maintaining a healthy lifestyle can best be explained through the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view because none of the known active components taken alone is as more effective than the consumption of Reishi itself. Whereas Western medicine focuses on the “cure” after the disease has already occurred, TCM, established through over 2,000 years of human observation, focuses on disease prevention by sustaining the right balance within the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and meditation. Reishi is an important adaptogenic herb in TCM in helping the body maintain this balance and also restore the balance when one is sick.


Questions & Answers


1. What are the active ingredients?


Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are one of the active ingredients found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.


Another active ingredient is triterpenes, a class of them found in Reishi is known as ganoderic acids. Studies have indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions.


2. Are there any side-effects?


No. According to classical literature, Reishi is classified as a superior herb. Superior herbs are said to be non-toxic and can be consumed in large quantities and for a long period without any side effects.


After 2,000 years, there are still no side effects reported in available literature and clinical studies. However, very sensitive individuals may experience some detoxification symptoms such as mild digestive upset, dizziness, sore bones, and skin rashes during the initial period of intake. This is the excretion of accumulated toxic matters from modern day foods and vigorous activities of the body metabolism. These are all normal signs of recovery and an indication that the medicinal effect of Red Reishi is functioning well. These detoxification symptoms will usually go away within a few days of continuous use of Reishi.


Futhermore, in American Herbal Pharmacopoeia®’s published monograph on Reishi mushrooms, Reishi is classified as “Class 1: Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately (McGuffin and others 1997). No side effects were reported in the available clinical literature. Clinicians have reported occasional mild digestive upset and skin rashes in sensitive individuals. These side effects are usually of short duration.”


Taking a source of Vitamin C with Reishi can help reduce any side effects which may occur upon the initial intake of the herb.


3. Can I take Reishi with my other medications?


Yes. Reishi is a natural health supplement and there are no reported contraindications in over 2,000 years of study. However, all immune-modulating substances such as Reishi should be taken with care for patients undergoing organ transplants and using immunosuppressive drugs.


It is always a good idea to consult a qualified health physician (preferably someone with experience in complementary health care) before consuming any dietary supplement.


Further information about theoretical drug interactions with Reishi can be found at the following website: Pharmasave – Library: Reishi Mushroom.


4. How soon can one see the results of taking Reishi?


Results can vary from individual to individual.


Normally one can notice the benefits from taking high quality Reishi after about 10 days to two weeks. One can experience a significant difference with their overall well-being after taking Reishi continuously for two months.


It is important for individuals to make Reishi a part of their daily routine for preventative health.


5. Is Reishi good for all age groups?


Yes. Reishi is a health food supplement that is useful for all age groups.


However, once again it is recommended to consult a qualified health physician just to be safe when taking any dietary supplement.


6. What are the directions to take Reishi?


Reishi is best taken in the morning with an empty stomach. Drinking more water will also help enhance the effects of Reishi by helping the body get rid of poisonous waste.


It is also recommended to take Vitamin C with Reishi as this will assist the body in absorbing the active ingredients in Reishi. Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps break down the complex polysaccarides into smaller manageable pieces that the body can intake.


7. Should Reishi be taken only when one is ill?


No. Reishi can be taken at any time even when one is not ill. The primary benefit of Reishi is its ability to support and modulate the immune system to an optimal level. Hence, Reishi is beneficial even for a healthy person. It is best to make red Reishi a part of your daily routine for preventative health.


8. What are all the benefits of Reishi?


The following table was found in a published article titled Medicinal mushrooms: their therapeutic properties and current medical usage with special emphasis on cancer treatments from Cancer Research UK.


Table – Pharmacological effects of whole Reishi


*  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 sytem 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

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

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