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Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) A Medicinal Mushroom. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/

Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus (Figure 9.1), has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. It is a large, dark mushroom with a glossy exterior and a woody texture. The Latin word lucidus means “shiny” or “brilliant” and refers to the varnished appearance of the surface of the mushroom. In China, G. lucidum is called lingzhi, whereas in Japan the name for the Ganodermataceae family is reishi or mannentake.

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Six cancer-fighting medicinal mushrooms
Nalini, C. (2012, January 12). Six cancer-fighting medicinal mushrooms. Huffpost Healthy Living. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 

Never under-estimate the power of fungus! These miniature organisms together form a variety of medicinal mushrooms that more prevailing than we assume. Medicinal mushrooms have a long medicinal history and have been used for millennia in many parts of Asia. Out of the numerous genus and species, six have been well-researched and shown to be help fight cancer while augmenting immune response.

1.    Ganoderma Reishi Mushroom – “The mushroom of immortality”

2.    Shitake – The black forest tree mushroom

3.    Coriolus versicolour – The “Turkey tail mushroom”

4.    Cordyceps sinensis – Dong Chong Xia Cao

5.    Maitake – The cloud mushroom

6.    Chaga – The black tree fungus

Read about each of their specialty!

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Medicinal mushrooms like reishi, maitake can help fight cancer
Adams, M. (2009, October 23). Medicinal mushrooms like reishi, maitake can help fight cancer. Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/

Medicinal mushrooms have long been used in Asia as an energy tonic to help promote longevity and overall health. Amongst the many types of medicinal mushrooms, including Maitake, Cordyceps, and Shiitake, Reishi is one of the most versatile medicinal mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been shown to improve specific immune markers and contribute significantly to healing processes by stimulating the body’s immune system. They contain high concentration of fiber and act as prebiotic, antioxidant, and antibiotics. They hold anti-hyperlipidemic, hypotensive, and hypoglycemic ability in addition to helping many health conditions such as asthma, ulcers, and kidney inflammation. Furthermore, medicinal mushrooms are potent antagonists that helps diminish the formation of cancerous cells and compounds.

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Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS
Veracity, D. (2007, January 25). Studies show reishi mushroom benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS. Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/

Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthenia-type syndromes, allergies, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, stress, memory and concentration, muscle aches, arthritis, cancer etc. Mentioned above are only some, out of an extensive list, of ailments in which Reishi can help prevent and relief. Reishi may sound like a cure-all and is almost too good to be true. However, this exotic mushroom has truly withstood the test of time. In the East, Reishi has been a traditional equilibrium-enhancing remedy used to help nourish the heart, pacify the spirit, and revitalize the body. In the West, extensive research has proven many of Reishi’s medicinal application. Polysaccharide, canthaxanthin, sterols, ganoderic acids, coumarin, mannitol, lanostan, hydrocortisone, and glucan are only a few of the identified active constituents that contribute to the role of how Reishi can maintain the body’s equilibrium while experiencing physical, emotional, and energetic threats. Many others have yet to be isolated.

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