Mushroom Power!

mushroomsOne of the most ancient herbs, the reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), has  been shown to improve many parameters of immune function, with evidence supported by a large number of studies. Polysaccharides attack microbial invaders such as viruses, bacteria and yeast, as well as cancer cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

Reishi contains a number of compounds that inhibit histamine release (useful for allergies) and improve oxygen utilisation and liver function while also being potent antioxidant free-radical scavengers;  beta-1,3-glucan helps regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels while also displaying anti-tumour properties. Reishi harmonises the functions of the nervous, cardiac, endocrine and immune systems, having different effects according to the needs of the individual. This gives renewed hope for the treatment of many diseases and conditions that have characterised the past few decades: HIV/AIDS, cancers, reducing side-effects of chemotherapeutic agents, radiation treatments, autoimmune diseases, liver and prostate problems, heart disease and many more.

Known also as the Elixir of Immortality and the Herb of Spiritual Potency by spiritual seekers and followers of the Taoist tradition alike, reishi has been consistently claimed to promote calmness, centredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. Today, in Asia, it is still believed to help calm the mind, ease tension, strengthen the nerves, strengthen memory, sharpen concentration, improve focus, build willpower and, as a result, help cultivate wisdom.

Reishi is available in many forms, such as a culinary mushroom, as an oil, or even instant coffee; however reishi in capsule form will provide the greatest  therapeutic effect. Reishi  taken in periods of one to two months at a time is the most effective method.

The clinic has available a reishi product- “IM1”. This product has been found to be highly advantageous for many patients during times of infection.


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