Reishi & the Immune System.

            

Reishi is a purely medicinal mushroom, not
a culinary one, both because it is hard and woody and because it tastes very
bitter. But it is nontoxic and has been the subject of a surprising amount of
scientific research, both in Asia and the West. Although most
of the research has been in animals, the results are so
promising that I think human studies will soon follow.
Like maitake and other related mushroom species, reishi improves immune function and
inhibits the growth of some malignant tumors. Additionally, it shows significant
anti-inflammatory effect, reduces allergic responsiveness, and protects the
liver.
8 Weeks To Optimum Health By Andrew Weil MD, page 140Reishi is a supreme immune tonic. Because of its neutral energy, it is fine for anyone
to take. It treats immune disorders including AIDS as it raises the T cell
levels (an index of AIDS and immune disorders). It is also specific for Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome. It inhibits bacteria and viruses, treats
cancer and tumors and its adaptogenic quality protects the body against stress. It treats heart
disease, reduces cholesterel and lowers high blood
pressure
.
The Herbs Of Life by Lesley Tierra, page 195

Maitake, shiitake, and reishi mushrooms
possess beta-1,3-D-glucan, a type of polysaccharide that stimulates the immune
cells. Their immune-boosting power makes them essential for
fighting the flu.
Prescription For
Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch CNC and James F Balch MD, page 469

In addition to being an effective energizer, reishi is an antioxidant that
protects the body from the harmful effects of radiation and free
radicals. It contains polysaccharides and other compounds that may combat
bacteria and viruses and boost the immune system
Off The Shelf Natural
Health How To Use Herbs And Nutrients To Stay Well By Mark Mayell, page 56

Reishi Mushrooms Known as kisshotake or the “lucky fungus,” in Japan, reishi
mushrooms were originally used in China in both cooking and traditional healing. However, for several
thousand years the Japanese have used these delicately flavored mushrooms in
their cuisine. reishi mushrooms, which are quite pricey, are available in Asian
markets and gourmet shops. However, they may be worth their weight in gold.
Recent studies show that reishi may stimulate the immune system, which increases
the body’s ability to ward off disease. In addition, reishi mushrooms contain
compounds that are natural antihistamines and have strong anti-allergic
activity. Other studies show that reishi can lower blood cholesterol levels
and prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or
stroke..
Earl Mindells Soy Miracle Earl Mindel RPH PHD, page 107

reishi is a supreme immune tonic. Because of its neutral energy, it is fine
for anyone to take. It treats immune disorders including AIDS as it raises the T
cell levels (an index of AIDS and immune disorders). It is also specific for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It inhibits bacteria and viruses, treats cancer and
tumors and its adaptogenic quality protects the body against stress. It treats
heart disease, reduces cholesterel and lowers high blood pressure.
The
Herbs Of Life by Lesley Tierra, page 195

Herbal Medicine: There are numerous herbs useful in the care of infections. Some are
directly antibacterial or antiviral while others are immune potentiators. Some
herbs do both. Examples include goldenseal, licorice, astragalus, garlic, Panax
ginseng, reishi and
shiitake mushrooms, slippery elm, and echinacea.
Alternative Medicine by
Burton Goldberg, page 1112

The third is reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), currently available in US health food stores. It is
said to have been used as a “fountain of youth” elixir for centuries. A
novel protein with
immunomodulating activity in vivo has been isolated from the mycelial extract of
reishi.
Cancer Therapy by Ralph W Moss PhD, page 248

reishi tones the immune system, supports nerve function, scavenges free
radicals, protects the liver, and quells inflammation and allergies. According
to Hobbs (1996), “reishi has the unique ability among medicinal
mushrooms
to calm and support nerve function.” In his practice, he
recommends reishi to people with chronic stress, anxiety, or
insomnia.
Disease Prevention And Treatment by Life Extension Foundation,
page 116

Reishi, shiitake, and maitake mushroom extracts or powders are all proven
antivirals and are used as immunostimulants around the world for everything from
colds to cancer.
Herbal Defense by Ralph T Golan ND, page 180

Immunity (increases) astragalus, codonopsis, cinnamon, ginger, ginseng, bayberry,
schisandra reishi echinacea and American ginseng.
The Herbs Of Life by
Lesley Tierra, page 231

The most common herbs used in fu-zheng are blood-vitalizing herbs, including
astragalus, milletia, reishi, panax ginseng, schizandra, jujube, ligus-ticum,
hoelen, salvia, ho shou wu, cordyceps, atractylodis,
and codonopsis. Studies continue to demonstrate that these herbs have a dramatic
impact on the enhancement of an immune system weakened by chemo and radiation
therapies. They not only protect the immune and endocrine systems but also
inhibit such diseases as influenza, upper respiratory infections, fungal
infections, and chemically induced hepatitis. These diseases
can cause serious complications for the person with cancer, requiring an
interruption in treatment and a course of
antibiotics that can lead to
diarrhea and other debilitating problems.
Herbal Medicine Healing Cancer
by Donald R Yance Jr, page 85

If yeast or other vaginal infections keep coming back, your best bet is to
see a natural
health
practitioner who’ll recommend an herbal tonic program that you’ll use
for a series of months. It will likely include herbs such as astragalus, reishi,
shiitake, nettles, or burdock — botanicals that gently and gradually rebuild
the immune system and the many organs it involves. Such a
program will likely include some diet changes as well, such as
cutting down on caffeine
and sugar.
The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B White MD, page 535

The once extremely rare and precious reishi mushroom is now cultivated and
widely available. It is a very potent immune system and longevity tonic.
Traditionally used to “nourish the heart and pacify the spirit,” it has also
been found to have numerous other health
benefits
.
The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Keith Tillotson,
page 190

Use one of the immune-boosting tonics, like maitake, reishi, or astragalus.
In cities, people live in
close proximity and come into contact with each other more frequently than in
rural areas. Germs spread easily in dense populations, so give your immune
system some help.
8 Weeks To Optimum Health By Andrew Weil MD, page
229

HERBS: Herbal medicine is best administered under the guidance of a
professional trained in their use. The following herbs can be used safely as a
self-care protocol, however. Dr. Bock recommends astragalus, ginseng, and
maitake and reishi mushrooms for general immune support.
Alternative
Medicine by Burton Goldberg, page 1043

Mushrooms, particularly Eastern varieties, revitalize the body. Various
cultures consider them to contain the secrets of staying young. Reishi and
shiitake mushrooms build resistance to stress by
strengthening the immune system. They also provide key B vitamins to the liver
and stimulate the adrenals with their high concentration of pantothenic acid.
The common American button mushroom contains methionine, an amino acid high in
sulphur. When combined with tofu, the result is a more complete
protein.
Food Swings by Barnet Meltzer MD, page 258

Several species of mushroom — including shiitake (Lentinus edodes), reishi
(Ganoderma lucidum), and maitake (Grifola frondosa) — are considered immune
system stimulants. They contain compounds called polysac-charides that are
similar to those found in other immune-boosting plants, such as astragalus and
echinacea. These compounds increase the ability of white blood cells
to devour germs.
Anti-Aging Prescriptions by James Duke PhD, page 163

This is the type of herbal tea I drink most frequently.
After all, on a day-to-day basis, we mostly need to keep our good health intact. If I feel
“immune challenged” or I want to start my day with an immune boost, I’ll drink a
cup of a blend that contains any of the following tonic herbs, known as
adaptogens (herbs that strengthen or enhance the immune system, nervous system, and/or
glandular system while they help the body cope with stress): Siberian ginseng,
Panax ginseng, astragalus, shizandra, echinacea, ashwagandha, reishi mushrooms,
licorice.
Caffeine Blues By Stephen Cherniske MS, page 324

Therapeutic and Healing Powers: reishi and shiitake mushrooms boost the
immune system by producing interferon-like effects that fight viral infection.
Mushrooms are also being studied for their anti-cancerous capabilities.

Food Swings by Barnet Meltzer MD, page 216

Mushrooms from Japan — specifically, shiitake as a food, and reishi and maitake
(which are currently available in the United States only as extracts) — offer a
host of immune-system benefits.
Herbal Defense by Ralph T Golan ND, page
152

All edible mushrooms contain both medicinal and nutritional qualities.
Scientific research indicates that the major actions of medicinal mushrooms are
stimulating the immune system and protecting against cardiovascular disease,
free radicals, mutagens, and toxins. Most medicinal mushrooms contain
polysaccharides (complex sugar molecules) called
beta-glucans that increase RNA and DNA in the bone marrow where immune cells,
like lymphocytes, are made. The combination of compounds in mushrooms is
believed to target the immune system and aid in neuron transmission, metabolism,
and the transport of nutrients and oxygen. Three
mushroom varieties — reishi, shiitake, and maitake — have been studied
intensively and have proven to possess strong medicinal properties. All
mushrooms must be cooked to get the nutritional value. The cell walls cannot be
digested unless they are tenderized by heat.
Prescription For Dietary
Wellness by Phyllis A Balch, page 167

If you have a family history of cancer, have been a smoker, have worked in a
hazardous occupation, or know that you have had toxic exposures, take one or
more of the tonics that are cancer-protective and immune-enhancing. My first
choices would be maitake and reishi mushrooms.
8 Weeks To Optimum Health
By Andrew Weil MD, page 251

Ganoderma: Ganoderma lucidum, the Chinese “mushroom of immortality” called ling
zhi (in Japan, reishi) has been extensively studied in the laboratory for
antiviral activity and is well known for its immune-modulating activity. My
teacher of Chinese
medicine
, the late Dr. York Why Loo, kept a specimen of dried wild Chinese
ling zhi in a jar for use in his old age. So revered by Chinese doctors is ling zhi that it
is frequently pictured on their business cards or displayed in their shop
windows as a sign of respect for its importance.
Viral Immunity by J.E,
page 292

In China, many pharmacological, chemical, and biochemical studies have been
conducted with this remarkable mushroom. Results show that reishi meets all
qualifications of being an ad-aptogen and tonic. Its use bolsters the immune
system, stimulates health, and improves or prevents allergic conditions and a variety
of degenerative and other disease conditions.
Miracle Medicine Herbs by
Richard M Lucas, page 9

Try shiitake or reishi mushrooms with your veggies — the Chinese use them to
bolster the immune system.
Prescription Alternatives by Earl Mindell RPh
PhD and Virginia Hopkins MA, page 283

Preliminary human research demonstrates some efficacy for the mushroom reishi
in treating chronic hepatitis B, although
this use still needs to be confirmed.
The Natural Pharmacy by Schuyler W
Lininger, page 80

Many researchers are now recommending a combination of mushrooms to maximize
effects on the immune system. “A complex blend of medicinal fungi can offer a
powerful therapeutic punch,” says internationally renowned mycologist Paul
Stamets, known by some as “Mr. Medicinal Mushroom.”1 Two other mushrooms that
hold great therapeutic promise are reishi, or Ling zhi (Ganoderma lucidum), and
maitake (Gri-Jola frondosa).
The Encyclopedia Of Popular Herbs by Robert
S McCaleb, page 335

Improves conditions of viral hepatitis (70% of all cases with this condition
showed marked improvement after taking reishi).
Miracle Medicine Herbs by
Richard M Lucas, page 9

Chinese herbalists have long considered mushrooms to be the most beneficial
of all medicinal foods;
however, the ordinary culinary mushrooms found at the supermarket are not as
advantageous to the immune system as the more exotic reishi, maitake, or
shiitake mushrooms. Modern research has determined that these mushrooms can
support immune function. Extracts of these mushrooms can be purchased in capsule
form.
Prescription For Dietary Wellness by Phyllis A Balch, page 10

Immune tonics: reishi, astragalus, schisandra liver tonics: dandelion, fennel nerve
tonics: scullcap, valerian nutritive tonics: comfrey, marshmallow.
The
Herbs Of Life by Lesley Tierra, page 139

Immune-modulating plants often used by doctors of herbal medicine
include Asian ginseng, eleuthero (Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha, and the
medicinal mushrooms shiitake and reishi.
The Natural Pharmacy by Schuyler
W Lininger, page 89

The reishi mushroom is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for
asthenia-type syndromes, characterized by a deficiency of vital energy
and functions of the lower body. reishi is the perfect remedy for the typical
American suffering from constant stress. This type of individual has depressed
vital force and is likely to be both deficient and toxic. When a person in such
a state develops cancer and is then faced with the toxicities of chemotherapy, the
situation calls for reishi. reishi’s overall effects could be described as
regulatory and beneficial to the restoration of homeostasis. Its effect on the
immune system is total enhancement of immune function: increase of white
blood-cell count, platelets, hemoglobin, and various tumor-fighting cells.
reishi also improves both energy and sleep.
Herbal Medicine Healing Cancer
by Donald R Yance Jr, page 156

Master the language of mushrooms. Forget those bland, almost tasteless
specimens that you find in the typical mushroom omelet. Your immune system
craves exotic mushrooms, notably shiitake, maitake, and reishi. “Shiitake and
maitake mushrooms strengthen the immune system,” notes Santa Cruz, California,
herbalist Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., the author of several authoritative herb guides. “reishi mushrooms
build up bone marrow, where white blood cells are made.”
Blended Medicine
by Michael Castleman, page 10

Reishi is one of the most versatile medicinal mushrooms. It has long been
used in Asia as an energy tonic to promote longevity and overall health. Studies
indicate that reishi is an antioxidant and contains polysaccharides and other
compounds that may boost the immune system. reishi is taken to counter bacteria
and viruses and has shown promise as an agent to help prevent or treat cancer,
chronic
fatigue syndrome
, and other conditions. Russian researchers at the Cancer
Research Center in Moscow have had positive results using reishi extracts
to boost the immunity of cancer
patients
.
Off The Shelf Natural Health How To Use Herbs And Nutrients
To Stay Well By Mark Mayell, page 88

The fruiting body of reishi mushroom is sweet in taste and neutral to slightly
warming in action. It calms the spirit; strengthens immunity; slows aging;
strengthens the heart, lungs, and liver; and relaxes spasms.
The One Earth
Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Keith Tillotson, page 190

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