Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi)
Reishi, also known as lingzhī (spirit mushroom), shénzhī (divine mushroom), xiāncǎo (immortality plant), is one of the most studied medicinal mushrooms in the world. Reishi is a deeply revered medicinal “herb” in traditional Chinese medicine, and for very good reasons. Heralded as a Shen Tonic (shen referring to the spirit/higher consciousness in TCM), this humble fungi helps to develop our spirit, our spiritual perception, our ability to tap into what is inherent inside of us, our inner knowing, peace, and tranquility, and helps to calm the mind. This is both subtle and profound, and can have tremendous impacts on our lives, as it affects the course of our thoughts and actions, our ability to tap into the flow-state, and our overall wellbeing.
On a functional level Reishi is a powerhouse of wellness, delivering powerful immunomodulating polysaccharides, boosting our bodies' inherent ability to fight off diseases in many different forms. Rich in phytosterols, triterpenes, and other biologically active beneficial compounds, Reishi can offer so many different benefits, it’s really no surprise it is such a well studied, prominent, and revered medicinal gift of nature.
Fighting inflammation, helping ease chronic fatigue, promoting longevity, reducing tumor growth and proliferation of cancerous cells, helping with anxiety and depression, protecting our genes and chromosomes from mutation, regulating high blood pressure and cholesterol, and fighting off viruses, Reishi is truly healing on a deep level, helping to normalize and bring our bodies back into proper alignment within all systems.
Reishi has a documented history of use over 2000 years old, appearing in the ancient Chinese medicinal herbal text the Sehnnong Bencaojing, being listed as a “superior herb”, as well as being portrayed in many paintings associated with Taoism, some dating to the 1400s.
Our Reishi Spagyric is a dual extracted, highly concentrated and bioavailable medicine. First we start our extraction process by using a low temperature (just below simmering) water extraction, in two washes, each for around 18-24hrs. The Reishi is then strained and pressed to get the last bits of the decoction out of the fruiting body, we use only fruiting bodies in our elixirs, no mycelium (this is to ensure the highest quantity and quality of medicinal compounds in our elixirs).These two washes get combined and slowly evaporated and concentrated to the appropriate level for our overall batch quantity and concentration level. This pressed and drained fungal fruiting body is then put into our Soxhlet extractor and passed over in multiple rounds with 95% ethanol, until the tincture running our of the matter is approaching a clear color, meaning we’ve extracted most of the actives in our Reishi. The Reishi is then pressed and burned down to a fine white ash for rendering the salt of salt, which is filtered, recollected, and added back to the combination of concentrated decoction and tincture mix, which is then circulated with gentle heat to help mature and harmonize this concentrated brew. The reason we do our extractions with fungi as a dual extraction with water and ethanol is due to the solubility of different medicinal compounds in the fungi. The water extraction yields a high concentration of polysaccharides, while the alcohol extraction renders the triterpinoids, and various phytosterols free and available.
Our Reishi Spagyric can be taken in any tea or beverage, or directly in the mouth.
See our Reishi Spagyric here.
Planetary Ruler: Moon
Energetics: Bitter, slightly sweet
Part Used: fruiting body
Meridian/Organs: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidneys
Active Constituents: triterpenes, ganoderic acids, beta-glucan, polysaccharides, coumarin, mannitol, phytosterols (ganoderol, ganoderenic acid, ganoderiol, ganodermanontriol, lucidadiol, ganodermadiol), alkaloids
Properties: adaptogenic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antimutagenic, anticarginogenic, neuroprotectant, astringent, vulnerary, immunomodulator, anxiolytic, vasodialator, tonic (shen)