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Reishi mushroom is an edible mushroom known for its medicinal properties. In nature it grows in Asia, including in China and Japan. For medical purposes, it began to be used by Chinese healers in inflammatory processes and to strengthen immunity. The fungus can be found in the form of biologically active additives and pharmacy medicines, but this product is also used in its pure form.
Description and composition of the fungus
Mushroom Reishi belongs to the family ganadermovyh and is a type of tinder. It was first found in Japan on the plum bark, which was already rotting. It grows well and multiplies in a tropical climate and prefers the bark of fruit trees, but it is also cultivated in industrial conditions. The only place where the Reishi mushroom grows in Russia is the southern regions, including the Krasnodar Territory. Useful properties of the tea fungus are well described in our article!
The fungus grows above the surface of the soil. It is the aboveground part of it used for the preparation of drugs because of the characteristics of its composition. It contains:
- polysaccharide with a high content of beta-glucan, which is a natural immunostimulant;
- vegetable triterpen, which suppresses the production of histamine and inhibits the course of allergic reactions;
- adenosine - normalizes blood composition, reduces its viscosity and positively affects the state of the cardiovascular system;
- Organic germanium - improves the supply of cells and tissues of the body with oxygen;
- Sterols - are involved in the processes of hormonal metabolism.
Initially, the fungus was boiled and used as a decoction or soup. Today it undergoes heat treatment under high pressure - this technology allows you to extract all useful substances.
Indications for use and benefits
Reishi mushrooms positively affect the health of all the internal systems of man. As this product has an immunomodulatory effect, it allows you to get rid of a variety of infectious diseases and prevent their development. Especially it is useful in periods of seasonal immunodeficiencies, when the amount of vitamins in food sharply decreases.
The fungus underwent all the necessary studies before it was added to various medications. Testing allowed to determine its useful properties, due to which it can be used for a number of diseases:
- inflammatory processes of various origin;
- chronic infectious pathologies;
- liver disease, especially in the initial stages;
- inflammatory and ulcerative diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
- allergic manifestations and autoimmune processes;
- diabetes mellitus;
- pathologies of the heart and blood vessels, including hypertension and increased cholesterol;
- insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, nervous system disorders, depression and anxiety.
The first useful property of the fungus is its ability to purify the blood of toxins and toxins. Its extracts reduce the level of harmful cholesterol and glucose in the blood, which normalizes the blood supply of all internal organs. In addition, this product can be used as a preventive measure of diabetes mellitus and as part of its complex therapy.
During the tests, the scientists found out what it is - the Reishi mushroom. He showed his abilities as an antitumor substance. When it enters the body, the production of killer cells of the immune system is activated, which are responsible for removing atypical cellular elements. This same property makes it possible to use it as an effective anti-inflammatory substance, including inflammation of an infectious origin.
Instructions for use
Fresh mushrooms can be primed as a decoction or tea. It has a bitter taste and is well digested. To the full, its useful properties are revealed if you drink it every morning on an empty stomach. It is recommended to combine it with vitamin C or products in which it is contained in large quantities.
The mushroom can be purchased in dried form and prepared from it natural decoctions.
There are various preparations based on the Reishi mushroom. It is better to choose those that are made in Japan. Before buying, you need to study the composition of the additive and make sure that there are no impurities. The fungus is usually well digested and does not cause side effects, and other components can have unexpected effects.
In fresh form, the fungus is not less useful than in the composition of additives. However, preparations based on it contain active substances in a larger amount, are convenient in application and in the calculation of dosage.
Contraindications and possible side effects
The Reishi mushroom and its application are not justified in all cases. Despite its natural origin, it affects many processes in the body at the cellular level. Before using it is worth consulting with a doctor and make sure there are no contraindications. These include:
- individual intolerance to the remedy;
- bleeding disorders, frequent bleeding;
- rehabilitation period after surgery;
- taking drugs to reduce pressure, as well as immunosuppressants;
- period of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In the case of taking an increased amount of supplements on the basis of a medical treatment, side effects may appear. They can be expressed in the form of excessive decrease in blood viscosity and internal bleeding. When blood becomes impure in the stool, it is necessary to stop using the drug. There may also be complaints about the dryness of the mucous membranes, itching and rash on the skin.
When buying drugs based on the Reishi mushroom, it is worthwhile to beware of fakes.
Reishi mushrooms, medicinal properties and contraindications of which are known, including in traditional medicine, are not inferior in popularity to pharmacy products. It strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight a huge number of diseases, cope with periods of seasonal immunodeficiency and inflammatory processes. Also, the fungus cleans the blood of toxins and impurities, increases the endurance of the heart and restores the liver.