Reishi as an Adaptogen
Reishi is considered a perfect adaptogen (a natural substance that helps body adapt to stress) for the typical American suffering from constant stress. The demands of modern life lead to depleted energy level, increased chronic inflammation, and hormonal imbalances which are the root cause of many illnesses as we age.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi was recognized for its tonifying effects, enhancement of vital energy, strengthening of cardiac function, enhancement of memory and antiaging effects. Reishi was also said to promote calmness and relaxation and has often been used to supplement spiritual practices. Overall, Reishi acts as a normalizing substance, regulating various cellular functions and systems including the endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, CNS and digestive systems. Studies have shown that Reishi works as an “immune modulator” which can stabilize autoimmune diseases and allergic conditions. Ganoderic acids are triterpenoids which are the second most important active compound in Reishi. Historically, triterpenes were protective in nature and defended plants against predators. They are lipids with multiple biological functions including liver protection, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, inhibition of histamine release and anti-inflammatory action. The triterpenoids are responsible for the bitter taste of Reishi and can be found in other medicinal mushrooms.