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A Chinese mushroom that has been used in various forms of alternative healthcare.
Alternative oncology
Lingzhi is reported to modulate the immune system through a protein, LZ-8, which is believed to have antitumour, immunomodulatory and immunotherapeutic activity, possibly by inhibiting angiogenesis and cell migration and by driving apoptosis.
Chinese medicine
Lingzhi has been used for allergies, asthma, insomnia, nervousness, ulcers, tumours, vertigo and to stimulate the circulation and immune system, and may be of use in AIDS and cancer. Some data suggest that it may have antibacterial, antiviral and antihypertensive activity.

reishi (rā·shē),

n Latin name:
Ganoderma lucidum; part used: fruiting body (mushroom); uses: ada-ptogen, antiviral, chemoprevention, immunomodulator, asthma, bronchitis, cardiovascular conditions, cognitive enhancement, ulcers, altitude sickness; precautions: no known precautions. Also called
ling zhi.
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Reishis also seem to possess anti-hypertensive and anti-allergenic properties.
Dying hemlocks can be cut down, inoculated with reishi mycelium in May or June, and staked along the topographic contours of hills as retaining edges for paths or native medicinal plant beds, simultaneously decreasing erosion and runoff while building topsoil.
Ideally, reishi cultivation should be undertaken as part of an integrated forest garden.
Katuah Myco-Culture has started a local myco-lab and will be offering reishi mycelium for inoculating dying hemlocks in late May.
Shiitake mushrooms have been reported to have anti-tumour qualities and are regularly used in Japanese oncology treatments, while reishis have active anti-tumour polysaccharides.
Medicines and supplements based on Reishis are now widely available and have a good track record in boosting body defences.
Reishis can also work against herpes, while cordyceps are also used for increasing sexual potency and shiitake is a famed aphrodisiac.
Maitake and Reishis can also lower cholesterol, while agaricus mushrooms aid digestion and hypertension.
Reishis also appear to prevent bronchitis, strengthen the adrenal glands (the glands that handle all types of stress), and have antiviral effects through their production of interferon, says Hobbs.
The Japanese government has formally listed reishi as a supplement to be used for people with cancer.
Janet Zand suggested I take a dropperful of an extract with cordyceps and reishi every hour for three days, to knock out my cough.