herbals reishi

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Reishi

Scientific:Ganoderma lucidum
Other:Lingzhi, Reishi

Indications

In Asian medicine Lingzhi is used to calm the shen (spirit), increase heart Qi and tonify heart blood. It also tonifies Lung qi and transforms phlegm. Referred to as the 'mushroom of immortality' because of its ability to promote longevity.

CNS
• overexcited conditions
- insomnia
- anxiety
- poor memory due to stress
• neurodegenerative disorders (preventation)
- senility
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
• altitude sickness (prophylaxis)

Cardiovascular
hypertension
• thrombosis
hyperlipidemia
angina

Respiratory
• seasonal allergies
asthma

Immune
• fatigue
• cancer (adjunctive treatment)
- chemotherapy
- radiation
- leukopenia
• viruses
- herpes simplex (HSV)
- shingles
- influenza
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- hepatitis B virus (HBV)
- mononucleosis

Reproduction (male)
• prostatic conditions - 5-alpha reductase inhibition activity
- benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
- prostate cancer

Gastrointestinal
gastric ulcers
hepatitis

Actions

immunomodulator
adaptogen
• cardiotonic
antiviral
antiinflammatory
anticancer
sedative
antihyperlipidemic
• neuroprotective
hepatoprotective
• nephroprotective
antiulcerogenic
antihypertensive (mild)
• antiandrogenic
• antiaging
antithrombotic

Constituents

• Triterpenes (ganoderic acids)
• Polysaccharides ( β -glucans)
• Adenosine

Posology

• Decoction (dried powdered root): 3-15 g qd

Safety

Caution: Use with anticoagulants (e.g. coumadin), may potentiate effects.

References

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