Reishi mushrooms have a long history of medical uses. Reishi had been recorded as having the most extensive and effective healing powers. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), reishi is indicated for the treatment of coronary heart disease, bronchial asthma, insomnia, impotence, hay fever, dizziness, stomach ulcers, depression, and debility from a long-term illness. Today, reishi has various applications including lowering or raising blood pressure, stimulating liver actions, blood cleansing, and acting as an adaptogen in helping the body fight the effects of stress.
Reishi has been claimed to be anti-allergic, antioxidant, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, antiparasitic, cardiovascular, antidiabetic, immunomodulating, hepatoprotective, hypotensive and hypertensive, kidney and nerve tonic, and sexual potentiating. Reishi is used to treat a variety of disorders and promote vitality; it works as an antioxidant against free radicals, protects against the effects of radiation and has anti-inflammatory effects. Reishi intensifies the body's free radical scavenging ability and is especially effective against harmful hydroxyl radicals. Reishi is such a strong hydroxyl radical scavenger that its actions continue even after it is absorbed and metabolized.
Reishi is recognized to play a role in preventing spontaneous death in cancer patients. Reishi reinforces membrane of the cancerous cell to impede spreading. It also prevents the thrombi formation of aiding infusion of medications within the system. Joint usage with other anti-tumor drugs and chemotherapy diminishes their side-effects and heightens their effect. It normalizes the overall body system thus decreases further health complications. Reishi's ability to inhibit thrombin formation with none of the side effects of modern medication proves to be an invaluable contribution in the fight against cancer.