Reishi- the queen of mushrooms.
Reishi mushroom is reckoned as the mushroom of immortality which has been used for thousands of years for promoting health and longevity in China and Japan. This oriental fungus produces annually and belongs to the family Ganodermataceae.
The spiritually potential Reishi is a big, kidney-shaped mushroom with glossy exterior and woody texture. It is void of lamella but has fine pores to release spores. Naturally, this red-varnished beauty grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, such as maple and oak.
Reishi is famous in both culinary and medicinal departments. The bitter taste and earthy aroma of Reishi have earned it a massive throne in Chinese culinary. The medicinal benefits of Reishi have also sparked a wave of joy as it aids in sexual potentiation, regulates sleep cycle, boosts the immune system, and prevents cancer and aging. Reishi is hailed in managing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), lethargy, genital herpes, hepatitis B, cold sore, hypertension, and shingles.
In China, Reishi is called lingzhi which represents immortality, spiritual potency, success, divine power, and longevity. All these features are executed fur to the presence of various biologically active ingredients in Reishi, such as polysaccharides (beta-1,3-glucans), triterpenes (ganoderic acids and others), nucleosides, fatty acids (oleic acid), and amino acids.