Reishi - The Mushroom of Immortality
Also known as the “herb of good fortune”, Reishi is the most highly revered herb in all of China and is often referred to as the “mushroom of immortality.”
It is the first herb addressed in Shen Nong’s famous classic of Chinese herbology, The Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica. It states that reishi “quiets the soul, fortifies the will, prevents senility, makes the body light, and prolongs life so as to make one immortal.”
In Chinese medicine, reishi is used as a heart tonic, a liver cleanser, and immune builder. One of the main reasons we use resihi in our formulas is because of its ability to simultaneously affect multiple glands and energy centers.
Reishi has been used historically in China to brighten the mind and place you in a calm, stress-free meditative state. It is considered a shen tonic, or something that promotes feelings of peace and awareness. Energetically, this correlates with its powerful effect on the Anja, (third eye) and heart centers, which are known as the centers for higher will and love.
In addition, reishi is one of the best herbs for detoxifying your liver of chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceutical drugs. Reishi is also unique as an immune tonic because it regulates immunity - increasing it when needed or calming it when necessary.
This is what makes it a favorite among autoimmune sufferers.
Reishi does all of the above and also has a direct effect on pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal energy. Adaptogens typically go to your weakest point first, and then bring the rest of your body into balance.
You can see why we love to use reishi in our formulas, especially in a concentrated dose with other great mushrooms in Mushroom Complex!