Hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings”, Reishi mushroom contains chemicals that have a variety of potentially beneficial effects against tumors and beneficial effects on the immune system. It is used to combat viral infections such as the flu (influenza, swine and avian), asthma and bronchitis, and heart disease. It is also used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, kidney disease, liver disease and cancer. Studies have shown its positive effects on altitude sickness and HIV/AIDS.
Reishi helps the body maintain its defense against threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.