Reishi Mushroom and HIV
Created by Mark James Gordon
Reishi Mushroom (aka Ganoderma, Ling Zhi, or Mannentake)
REISHI AND HIV
Called “the mushroom of immortalty” Reishi is one of the top medicinal plants in the Chinese herbal system.
Reishi is non-toxic when used appropriately and can be taken daily on a long-term basis with few known side effects.
Interference with the effectiveness of some drugs (especially immunosuppressants) is possible.
It’s always a good idea to consult a qualified health physician (preferably someone with experience in complementary health care) before consuming any dietary supplement.
The “Great Protector”
Reishi is also known as the “Great Protector” because of it’s well documented ability to strengthen the immune system .
Active Components – Beta-glucan polysaccharides and triterpenes:
The active components of Reishi include both beta-glucan polysaccharides and triterpenes in the form of Ganodermic Acid.
The fruiting body (above-ground part) and mycelium (filaments connecting a group of mushrooms) are used as medicine. It’s now being shown that that mushroom spores contain up to 70 times more of these active constituents.
As Dr. Andrew Weil writes, Reishi “has been the subject of a surprising amount of scientific research in Asia and the West.” Research shows that the polysaccharide beta-d-glucan in Reishi boosts the immune system by raising the amount of immune-boosting T-cells. HIV, the virus responsible for causing AIDS, attacks the immune system, specifically targeting these T-cells, reducing the body’s ability to fight infection. By stimulating them, Reishi strenghtens the immune system’s ability to combat AIDS and other diseases.
It’s also known for it’s anti-viral properties and studies indicate that Reishi inhibits the HIV-1 PR enzyme.
Now Being Used In the West
Western medicine is starting to embrace Reishi where it’s currently being used as an immune stimulant by patients with HIV according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. WEbMD and other well-known medical websites also list Reishi as a treatment for HIV/AIDS.
An Approved Cancer Drug in Japan
Reishi contains over 400 bioactive components and is an approved cancer drug in Japan.
Interlukins, Glucans, and Canthaxanthin
They evidently recognize it’s abiltiy to stimulate interlukins which combat tumors, as well as it’s immune enhancing properties. Studies also show that the “glucans” in Reishi help immune cells bind to tumor cells. Another substance in Reishi called “canthaxanthin” slows down the growth of tumors according to “The Prescription for Dietary Wellness” by Phyllis A. Balch and other experts.
Red vs Black Reishi
Please note that Black Reishi is also used as a medicinal herb but is not as potent as the red variety due to it’s lower polysaccharide levels.
The “Medicine of Kings”
With all these benefits, Reishi is truly “the medicine of Kings.”
US National Library of Medicine
Numerous medical journals published in the US National Library of Medicine have shown Reishi mushroom to be effective.
Cancer Research UK (CRC), the City of Hope National Medical Center in California and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Health institutions such as the Cancer Research UK (CRC), the City of Hope National Medical Center in California and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are now pursuing researches and studies on Reishi mushrooms.
Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical Universit
A study in Japan at the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University indicated that “Ganodermic” compounds in Reishi were “found to be active as anti-HIV-1 agents.”
October 1998 issue of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Another study published in the October 1998 issue of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, found that triterpene compounds, found in the reishi mushroom and it’s spores significantly inhibit anti-HIV activity.
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