** Originally posted by jorel-1 **
Here ya go, gang. Some may be really interested in hearing this.
I came across this last night while reading my book, The Natural Medicine Chest (A book on medicinal herbs and healing foods).
The Reishi Mushroom -
The Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is particularly rich in polysaccharides. Branched polysaccarides are giant carbohydrate molecules that have a direct effect on the REGULATION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
It goes on to say that Reishi Mushrooms are especially useful because they are a true adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that regulate bilogical processes by either increasing or decreasing their activity, whichever action is needed by the body at that particular time.
As you might suspect, as soon as I read that, I wondered if these mushrooms would be of any benefit for clearing psoriasis, an auto-immune disorder.
A couple of other tid bits regarding this mushroom:
The Reishi Mushroom grows on decaying trees.
The Reishi Mushroom is considered a "superior herb" in traditional Chinese medicine.
It was also know as the "Mushroom of Immortality".
It is used as a staple in the health regimine of the Japanese.
It's been used for at least 2,500 years.
Recently, there has been a wealth of scientific research that is documenting the efficacy of the Reishi Mushroom. Studies have appeared in the Chemical Pharmacological Bulletin, New England Journal of Medicine and many other scientific journals.
During studies at a major university in Osaka, Japan, the Reshi Mushroom was shown to reduce histamine release. Histamines are substances that are released in an overabundance during an allergic reaction. That makes the Reishi an excellent antihistamine.
The Reishi Mushroom also protects the liver from free radical damage and the effects of toxic chemicals.
Ganoderic acids also found in the Reishi Mushroom, increase oxygen utilization by cells in the body. Increased oxygen utilization aids in heart irregularities such as angina and also helps with memory loss by increasing oxygen use in the brain.
If I still had psoriasis, the Reishi Mushroom is definitely something that I would try.
Anyone else ever tried it or interested in trying it? If so, let me know and I will give you the book's instructions on how to use it