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Reishi (tincture)

Reishi Mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum; 200 mg/ml)

Available in bottle sizes of 50ml, 100ml, and 250ml.

  • Used to improve immune function and as an adjunctive during radiation and chemotherapy to mitigate immune depression in cancer patients
  • Traditionally used as a tonic for fatigue and debility
  • Traditionally used to treat chronic bronchitis
  • Used adjunctively with diet and lifestyle to mitigate risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease, to improve cardiac function and as an adjunctive treatment for heart disease and angina
  • Used to reduce symptoms of allergies including asthma and hay fever
  • Used as an adjunctive treatment in steroid-resistant nephrosis

Reishi is so rare in nature that its use was restricted to royalty and the wealthy until only the last few decades, when the Japanese developed new cultivation methods that improved yields. In the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (ca. 100 A.D.), which is the classic pharmacopoeia of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), reishi was ranked highest among all 365 herbs listed, considered even more valuable than ginseng. The reishi mushroom is also the most widely used symbol of longevity in Asian society.

In modern medicine, reishi is used for leukopenia, a condition of lowered white blood cell levels often associated with cancer treatments. According to Anthony Godfrey, ND, PhD, "It protects against the effects of environmental or therapeutic radiation, helping to maintain white blood cell levels."

Christopher Hobbs calls it a herb for "deep immune imbalances" such as those that lead to "cancer, severe allergies, environmental illness, candidiasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and AIDS. In these kinds of weaknesses, our immune system must be strengthened over a period of time," he adds. "Sometimes it takes years to fully ‘recharge’ our immune reserves…" Hobbs names reishi as one of several herbs that are effective for rebuilding this deep immune reserve.

TCM herbalist Ron Teeguarden attests that, "The Reishi is, in fact, a true longevity herb". He adds further that, "Reishi has many benefits, including protection of the cardiovascular system and prevention and treatment of liver diseases and even certain forms of cancer. No wonder it became a symbol of longevity".

Asthma, allergies, coughs and chronic bronchitis are TCM uses for reishi, while herbal botanist James Duke, PhD adds that "sixteenth-century Ming Dynasty texts say that this marvellous Chinese medicinal mushroom ‘mends the heart’." Studies in China have demonstrated a 60-90 percent cure rate in cases of chronic bronchitis.

Administration: 25-50 drops (0.8-1.7 ml) three times daily in a little water on an empty stomach.

Contraindications and Cautions:

Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant, taking a blood thinner or if you intend to use this product for nephrosis.


Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body and have a high degree of bio-availability. As well, they have a long shelf life.

Sometimes people ask us why tinctures are alcohol-based. There are very good reasons. Alcohol is critically important in the extraction of an herb's medicinal ingredients. It also helps to stabilize and preserve them. Alcohol is the ideal carrier substance, conveying the therapeutic goodness of the herb to the body. In itself, too, science has proven that alcohol enhances the immune system and its defences.

As for the amount of alcohol taken in an average dose of tincture, you'll be surprised to learn that it's about the same as what you'd find in an overly ripe banana!

Tinctures remain the most practical way to take advantage of the amazing, health-giving power of herbs.