Wow! Did you know that we share 98% of our genetic make-up with medicinal mushrooms? Medicinal mushrooms are exposed to the same types of pathogens that attack our bodies, and the substances that they create to fight off those pathogens work in our bodies too.
The reishi mushroom actually brings your candida index down. So, if you’re battling candida, like so many of us are -- this herb may be an excellent addition to you healing.
Remember when superfoods became all the rage? People everywhere were suddenly excited over the abundance of nutrition and energy that we discovered in these amazing whole foods. Once exotic or unavailable foods like spirulina, maca and mangosteen suddenly hit the markets for all to enjoy.
Nowadays, some of those go-to superfoods are having to share the spotlight with an even more ancient group of super herbs from exotic places like China, India and the rainforest. Green smoothies, elixirs and tonics full of healing herbs are now enjoyed daily across the world, with excellent results and you can benefit from them too!
Studies show that one herb in particular, the reishi mushroom, has healing effects on people with everything from high blood pressure to AIDS.
Body Ecology is a system of health and healing that was first designed to help you overcome candida, the systemic yeast infection that plagues our population. So, when we discovered that this popular Chinese herb also has distinct candida fighting properties -- we knew we had to share the news with you.
Have Chinese herbs made their way into your cupboard yet? Are you open to the reishi mushroom becoming your next go-to super herb?
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We caught up with Master Herbalist George Lamoureux, once again to discuss the truly magical qualities of the reishi mushroom – Mr. Lamoureux’s favorite herb. Join us and discover the mysticism and the science behind why this ancient herb has become so popular again.
A. It all begins with the name. “Reishi’s” formal name is “Ganoderma Lucidum”. Ganoderma means “shining skin” and Lucidum means “glowing.” So, you get a mystical understanding of the herb right away.
Engravings, pictures and even embroidered depictions of the reishi mushroom appear everywhere throughout ancient China. You can find reishi mushroom imagery on everything from emperor’s robes, to windows and doors. There is even one particular picture of a reishi mushroom on a mountain peak between heaven and earth.
Even before the science of anatomy, the Daoists, who created the meridian system (over thousands of years of observation and study), determined that the reishi mushroom enters your heart, liver and lungs. Some say that it also enters your kidney meridian.
Reishi addresses your jing (life force) your qi (energy), and your shen (spirit). In Chinese medicine, this is known as a “three treasure” herb that harmonizes body, mind and spirit.
Tonic Herbalists love this herb so much because it nourishes your heart and calms your shen. For me, it has had a profound affect on how I interpret stress. My experience with reishi is that I am completely grounded and centered regardless of the stress in my life.
Although the Daoists didn’t have knowledge of the chemical constituents of herbs they were investigating, new science completely supports these ancient observations. We are now discovering, on a scientific level, that the reishi mushroom has healing effects on each organ system that the Daoists suggested. To me, this is remarkable.
A. In China, reishi is used in what is known as “Fu Jeng therapy.” Here, in the west we call this immunotherapy. Reishi is an adaptogenic herb that regulates your immune system.
How Reishi Nourishes Your Heart
How Reishi Nourishes Your Lungs
How Reishi Nourishes Your Liver
A. As an Adaptogenic herb, reishi can both regulate and stimulate your immune system, depending on what your body needs. If you have an overactive immune system, like in autoimmune diseases, the reishi mushroom will help to take that response down, and if you have an under-active immune system, it will help boost you up. I find this double direction to be absolutely remarkable.
I have witnessed people with severe liver disease, remain well, with no visible signs of further liver damage after 15 years of taking reishi.
A. Believe it or not, the reishi mushroom actually brings the candida index down. Of course, some mushrooms are dangerous for those suffering form candida symptoms. But, reishi is a medicinal mushroom that shares 98% of our genetic make-up. As it grows, it develops substances that help it fight off pathogens, like candida. Fortunately, these substances work in our bodies as well.
A: Reishi is rarely found in the wild anymore. But, you can purchase “wild-crafted” reishi and this is the absolute best. We have dried Reishi in a pouch and also in formulas that combine reishi with other medicinal mushrooms for balance. Definitely, speak with a Chinese herbalist to determine which ones best suit you. (Jing Herbs does offer consultations over the phone.)
At one time the reishi mushroom was completely reserved for the royal family of China. Now, thousands of years later, it is widely available to you. Take time to choose high quality products and always work to achieve balance in your system by nourishing your unique needs for food, exercise and emotional well-being.
George Lamoureux, founder of Jing Herbs, is considered one of the world’s top authorities on Taoist tonic herbalism, health, longevity, and nutrition. He is also a sought-after speaker and educator who will be speaking at the David Wolfe Longevity Conference (Sept 24, 2010 in CA.) along with Donna Gates and many other outstanding natural health innovators. Learn more about George and his herbal products at his website:http://www.jingherbs.com
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