Reishi Mushroom

Reishi is an ethereal yellow-red mushroom that has been used as a medicine for over two thousand years. It both regulates and restores the body to homeostasis as well as relieves one from stress.

Further Reading: 

Cizmarikova, M. (2017). The Efficacy and Toxicity of Using the Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Agaricomycetes), and Its Products in Chemotherapy (Review). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 19(10), 861-877. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.2017024537

 

Socala, K., Nieoczym, D., Grzywnowicz, K., Stefaniuk, D., & Wlaz, P. (2015). Evaluation of Anticonvulsant, Antidepressant-, and Anxiolytic-like Effects of an Aqueous Extract from Cultured Mycelia of the Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (Higher Basidiomycetes) in Mice. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 17(3), 209-218. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.v17.i3.10

Jin, X., Beguerie, J. R., Sze, D. M., & Chan, G. C. (2009). Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi:10.1002/14651858.cd007731

 

Cizmarikova, M. (2017). The Efficacy and Toxicity of Using the Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Agaricomycetes), and Its Products in Chemotherapy (Review). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 19(10), 861-877. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.2017024537

 

Lull, C., Wichers, H. J., & Savelkoul, H. F. (2005). Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites. Mediators of Inflammation, 2005(2), 63-80. doi:10.1155/mi.2005.63

 

Vazirian, M., Faramarzi, M. A., Ebrahimi, S. E., Esfahani, H. R., Samadi, N., Hosseini, S. A., . . . Amanzadeh, Y. (2014). Antimicrobial Effect of the Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Higher Basidiomycetes) and Its Main Compounds. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 16(1), 77-84. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushr.v16.i1.70

 

Kirar, V., Nehra, S., Mishra, J., Rakhee, Saraswat, D., & Misra, K. (2017). Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Agaricomycetes), as a Cardioprotectant in an Oxygen-Deficient Environment. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 19(11), 1009-1021. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.2017024584

 

Akihisa, T., Nakamura, Y., Tagata, M., Tokuda, H., Yasukawa, K., Uchiyama, E., . . . Kimura, Y. (2007). Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Tumor-Promoting Effects of Triterpene Acids and Sterols from the FungusGanoderma lucidum. Chemistry & Biodiversity, 4(2), 224-231. doi:10.1002/cbdv.200790027


Bao, X., Liu, C., Fang, J., & Li, X. (2001). Structural and immunological studies of a major polysaccharide from spores of Ganoderma lucidum (Fr.) Karst. Carbohydrate Research, 332(1), 67-74. doi:10.1016/s0008-6215(01)00075-1




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Further Reading

Thangapazham, R. L., Sharma, A., & Maheshwari, R. K. (n.d.). Beneficial Role Of Curcumin In Skin Diseases. ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease, 343-357. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-46401-5_15

 

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