Added/Modified on January 5, 2017
Also Known As: Língzhī, Ganoderma lucidum, Ling Zhi, Red Reishi, and Reishi
The Lingzhi Mushroom grows in six different colors, with the red mushroom being the most common.
The large, kidney shaped and corky textured dark mushroom has a brown cap with distinctive growth rings that appear in a semicircular pattern.
Lingzhi mushrooms grow to 8 inches or more in diameter in moist and temperate forested sections of Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.
The Lingzhi mushroom is made up of around 75 percent water, while most mushrooms are 90 percent water. It is rarely found in the wild as it is specifically attracted to dead plum, a deciduous oak species known as quercus serrata, or the pasonia (peony) trees.
Only two or three of these trees out of 10,000 will have Lingzhi Mushroom growth. Today the Lingzhi mushroom is artificially cultivated and widely available.
The Lingzhi mushroom has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. In Chinese Lingzhi means “herb of spiritual potency” and it is also known as the “mushroom of immortality.”
What is Lingzhi Mushroom Tea? Lingzhi Mushroom Tea is made from thinly sliced or pulverized lingzhi mushroom. The tea can be made from either fresh or dried mushroom.
Lingzhi Mushroom Tea Preparation:
Lingzhi Mushroom tea has a bitter taste and so it is usually prepared as a hot water extract. ◦Add 5 grams or about 1 tsp of lingzhi mushroom to 4 or 5 Cups of boiling water. ◦Bring to a simmer, cover and continue to simmer for two hours.
◦Take out the mushroom pieces and cool.
Add honey, fruit juice or even green tea to help the taste. It will store in the refrigerator for a few days and keep its potency.
Home Remedies Using Lingzhi Mushroom Tea:
Lingzhi Mushroom Tea was used over 2000-years ago by Chinese medicine for many things, including taking it over time to lighten the body and never become old. It was used to treat tightness in the chest.
It was used to treat bronchial asthma, coronary heart disease, depression, dizziness, hay fever, impotence, insomnia, stomach ulcers, and debility generated as a result of long-term illness.
Today, Lingzhi mushroom tea is used as a general tonic to promote vitality, balance blood pressure, clean the blood, stimulate liver action, and fight the effects of aging and stress.
It works as an antioxidant against free radicals and protects against the effects of radiation. The Lingzhi mushroom tea has anti-inflammatory effects and is used by cancer patients to reinforce the membrane of cancerous cells and impede the spread of these cells.
Lingzhi mushroom tea improves blood flow and reduces oxygen consumption by the heart. It can eliminate cholesterol build-up, increase blood circulation, and maintain healthy cholesterol levels and platelet activity.
Lingzhi mushroom tea may increase the production of interferon, which helps cells fight viral infections and tumors while stimulating the immune system. This tea helps relax skeletal muscles, calm the central nervous system, and fight against the stimulating effects of caffeine and other stimulants.
Research on Lingzhi Mushrooms has shown that, “A water-soluble extract from culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia suppresses the development of colorectal adenomas.
A water-soluble extract from a cultured medium of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia (MAK) is one of the G. lucidum extracts that has been reported to show have exhibit cancer-preventive effects in the animal studies.
Among 123 patients who enrolled in the MAK group, 96 eligible patients completed the trial. The results suggest that MAK suppresses the development of colorectal adenomas – precancerous lesions of the large bowel.
Side Effects of Lingzhi Mushroom Tea:
Lingzhi Mushroom Tea is generally safe as the mushroom has been used as food for thousands of years.
Rare side effects from Reishi Mushroom Extract include dizziness, dry mouth, upset stomach, nose bleed, sore bones, gastrointestinal distress or irritated skin.
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