Reishi mushroom is a fungus that some people describe as “tough” and “woody” with a bitter taste. The fruiting body (above-ground part) and mycelium (filaments connecting a group of mushrooms) are used as medicine. It is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping(insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.

In combination with other herbs, reishi mushroom is used to treat prostate cancer.

Uses
Herpes-related pain. Some people report that hot water extracts of reishi mushroom decreases pain
when conventional treatment doesn’t work.
• Boosting the immune system.
• High blood pressure.
• High cholesterol.
• Viral infections.
• Tumors.
• Prostate cancer.
• Heart disease.
• Asthma and bronchitis.
• Stress.
• Kidney disorders.
• Liver disease.
• HIV disease.
• Altitude sickness.
• Fatigue.
• Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
• Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
• Stomach ulcers.
• Poisoning.
• Shingles.

Immune Booster and Regulator
Reishi has a double-direction activity. It significantly improves the functioning of the immune system whether the immune system is deficient or excessive. It is thus called an immune modulator. Reishi contains unique, rare polysaccharides which have been proven to increase the RNA and DNA in the bone marrow, where the body makes B cells. Studies show that it promotes both B cells and T cells, specialized cells that are a critical part of the immune system. Therefore, Reishi not only stimulates the immune system, it regulates it. That is why this Reishi is beneficial for both the chronically ill and the healthy.

Liver Health

Promising research shows that Reishi helps regenerate the liver. In one study, mice were given a lethal dose of the pain-killer, Indomethacin. In the control group, which received no Reishi, 90% of the mice died. In the second group which received Reishi, 100% lived. The powerful compounds found in Wild Reishi help to accelerate the clearance of drugs and chemicals that the liver stores, thus relieving free radical activity and promoting cell regeneration. Reishi also helps to produce bile and fatty acid synthesis more efficiently, which promotes faster detoxification of these chemicals from the body. Thus making Reishi the ultimate Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification tonic.

Beating Chronic Hepatitis
Chronic hepatitis is very difficult to treat. This disease may plague people for years, slowly eroding their health, often leading to premature death. Reishi contains a special factor, gandosterone, which has strong antihepatotoxic activity and promotes rapid cell recovery. One study of people with chronic hepatitis showed that Reishi was effective in 71 to 98% of the cases.

Key Uses for the Liver:
• When combined with Liver Complex, Reishi Immune provides ideal support to help the body overcome immune-specific problems at the liver in the chronic phase. Recommended to take 12-24 capsules of Reishi daily for 4-6 months.
• In the acute phase it is recommended to use Coriolus first with Liver Complex, then transition to Reishi (see Coriolus for more information on its use).
• Helps regenerate the liver; helps clear hepatits and other liver diseases.
• Because of its dramatic health effects on both the immune system and the liver, Reishi is often used as the number one choice for Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification and support.
• Number one herb used in the Essential Liver/Gallbladder Flush
Reishi and Cancer

Reishi is an approved drug for some kinds of cancer in Japan and has been used safely and effectively, often in conjunction with other drugs or radiation. It has been demonstrated that Reishi can help reduce
the side effects of many kinds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment and simultaneously contribute to the rebuilding of the immune system-an essential part of the recovery from cancer.

Conquering Depression
Reishi has profound effects on the mind. Reishi is well known for its calming and mood-altering effect. That’s why it’s a world-class herb to help clear depression. Impaired liver function, poor nutrition and infection are often at the root cause of depression, anxiety and irritability.

Bye-Bye Allergies
Research from Japan has demonstrated Reishi’s ability to inhibit histamine release, therefore making it potentially useful for allergies, including food and drug allergies, anaphylactic shock, atopic dermatitis, hay fever, and hives.

The Source is Everything
Most Reishi currently on the market is commercially grown, solvent-extracted and often the wrong species. Poor quality Reishi will not produce the powerful healing benefits as seen in the research. Wild, mountain-grown Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) from the deep hills of Asia delivers the most ideal synergistic balance.

Ingredients (each capsule contains):
Wild Reishi BlendTM (75 mg)
Chinese Reishi (raw concentrate, fermented mycelial extract and spore)(Ganoderma luc.)
Reishi Immune BlendTM (175 mg)
Bilberry (fruit)(Vaccinium myrtillus), Self Heal (leaf)(Prunella vulg.), Golden Thread (rhizome)(Coptis chinensis), Guggul (resin)(Commiphora muk.), Blue Green Algea (whole)(Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), Hyssop (leaf)(Hyssopus off.), Turmeric (rhizome)(Curcuma longa)
Other Ingredients: Stabilized Rice Bran, Vegetable Cellulose Capsules. Store in a cool, dry place.
VioliteTM Protected: Patent-pending dark violet bottle proven to block light between 450-720 nm, the range which damages nutrients.