The Ganoderma lucidum, also called Reishi, it would seem to have innumerable therapeutic properties; Oriental medicine considers it an elixir of life, the natural remedy par excellence capable of fighting numerous diseases and, in any case, to feel fit. But what is Reishi and how can we use it?
Reishi, where he was born
Ganoderma lucidum is a parasitic fungus that grows in the decaying wood of oak and chestnut trees in China and Japan. It is available from late spring until the following autumn; it is brown in color and can reach a diameter of up to 15 centimeters. It should be noted that it is not an edible mushroom immediately, it is in fact used in the form of dried powder.
When does Reishi become edible?
To make the powder with therapeutic properties, the mushroom is dried, macerated and reduced to crumbs, then sieved and transformed into a powder with a consistency similar to that of flour.
After this manufacturing process it will be possible to make infusions, decoctions, liqueurs but also tablets with mainly anti-inflammatory properties.
Reishi, therapeutic properties
There are several studies that would confirm the beneficial properties of the mushroom for various health problems but above all to strengthen the immune defenses.
According to experts, these therapeutic virtues are due to the high presence of polysaccharides contained in the mushroom, substances necessary to stimulate the immune system. The presence of Lz-8 peptides is discreet, which would be able to regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Furthermore, Ganoderma lucidum contains organic germanium, with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, oleic and ganoderic acids. Also according to the experts, it would also prove effective against mild allergic reactions as they would have the ability to counteract the release of histamine. In any case, given that some of the 'qualities' of the mushroom are still being analyzed, before taking it it is always a good idea to consult a doctor first, avoiding self-medication.
Reishi, side effects
In any case, Ganoderma lucidum must be taken with all necessary precautions and in the absence of important pathologies. For example, it is not recommended to take it in case of hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to fungi, but also if you suffer from low blood pressure and hypoglycemia. It must not be taken at the same time as medicines such as anticoagulants, immunosuppressants, medicines for cholesterol control, cortisone drugs. Not to be taken even during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
PLEASE NOTE: the information provided on this article is for information purposes only; they cannot in any way replace the prescriptions of a doctor.
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