Reishi Mushroom Whole

Reishi Mushroom Whole

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Reishi, also called lingzhi, is an Asian fungus named, respectively, after Japanese and Chinese terms that indicate its reverence as a “mushroom of immortality,” “divine fungus” and similar descriptive phrases.

Whole dried reishi mushrooms are traditionally decocted or steeped in hot water for several hours for use in liquid herbal combination formulas.

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information at a glance
plant part usedmushroom

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in a tightly sealed container away from direct light and heat.
appearance & aromaFibrous, ear-shaped slices.


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culinarySoak or gently simmer in liquid for several hours. Use in soups, stews, teas and tonics.
safetyMay increase the effects of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin. You should not use reishi if you are undergoing therapy with immunosuppressants drugs.

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reishi mushroom

The bitter taste is improved by mixing with other herbs and soaking in flavorful liquids.

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what else you should know

reishi mushroom

Reishi is a cultivated fungus that is indigenous to Asia, where it is commonly referred to as lingzhi or the “mushroom of immortality.”

For more than 2000 years, reishi has played an important role the traditional healing systems of China, Korea as a restorative botanical that reputedly fights the signs of aging. In fact, in the words of the 16th century Chinese herbalist and physician Li Shizhen, "Taken over a long period of time, agility of the body will not cease, and the years are lengthened to those of the Immortal Fairies."

The bitter flavor and hardness of dried reishi necessitates simmering in hot liquid for at least two hours. The resulting liquid is then used to prepare tonics or extracts. Because of the strong taste, use reishi sparingly when adding whole pieces directly to soups or stews.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.