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ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Reishi Mushroom
Also known as: Lingzhi, Basidiomycetes Mushroom, Red Reishi
LATIN NAME: Ganoderma lucidum
PART(S) USED: All
OVERVIEW: Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as Lingzhi or “mushroom of immortality”, is a fungus that has been traditionally used to boost the immune system, to prevent and/or treat infections, and as a treatment for tumors (cancer).
PREPARATIONS: Typical daily dosage of this mushroom is 1.5g-9g of dried mushroom taken orally; however, dosage can vary depending on the user’s age, health, and/or other conditions. Reishi Mushroom can also be made into a powder, tincture, or decoction.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Side effects of Reishi mushroom can include allergic reactions such as dryness of the mouth, throat, and nose, as well as itchiness and rash; other side effects include stomach upset and diarrhea. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or on any medications especially for diabetes, high blood pressure, or any anticoagulants. Discontinue use if any hypersensitivity/allergy occurs, and also before any surgery, as it can increase risk of bleeding.
This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Reference Health Canada: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=reishi&lang=eng