Food, Chinese Medicine, Music and Life! Hi, I'm Dianna Porter, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Therapeutic Chef, researcher and music lover.
I am passionate about all the above and hope to share some of my recipes and musings on Chinese dietary therapy and health with you.
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
GANODERMA OR REISHI MUSHROOM SUPERTONIC HERB
Ganoderma (also known as Reishi or Ling Zhi) is the king of the 22 supertonic herbs in Chinese medical herbalism!
Traditionally used as an anti-aging herb it's health benefits are extremely broad however. It improves the immune system and is known as an immune modulator as not only can it stimulate the immune system but it can regulate it - this is what makes it so precious. If the immune system is excessive as in allergies or auto-immune diseases Reishi can reduce the excess. The group of chemicals that are responsible for this are known as the ganoderic acids and they inhibit histamine release and improve oxygen utilization and liver functions as well as acting as free-radical scavengers and being potent antioxidants. It can help lower LDL cholesterol and improves the cardiovascular system. It has been found to prevent and treat hardening of the arteries, angina and shortness of breath associated with heart disease. In Japan it is approved as a drug for some cancers and can reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment while simultaneously contributing to the rebuilding of the immune system. Ganoderma can stimulate the production of anticancer substances produced in our bodies - interferon and interleukin 1 and 2. It may well prove to be the greatest prevention against cancer. It is approved in China and Japan to treat myasthenia gravis and is used for bronchitis, insomnia, hyperlipemia. It has a long use as an anti-stress herb and help calm the mind, ease tension, sharpen the mind. Everyone who takes Reishi notices the peacefulness that seems to accompany its use and its effects are cumulative, gradually strengthening the nerves and protecting us on every level. AVAILABLE IN CAPSULE FORM AT THE CLINIC 0415 455 033 dianna