Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Another one of our miracle herbs, reishi has been tested extensively as of late and proven to have some astonishing health benefits. The Chinese have known this for years.
Medicinal Properties: Reishi is one of the wonder herbs of recent, although in China and Japan, they have known about its miraculous properties for centuries and consider it one of their sacred herbs for its preventative qualities and for recovering the body to its normal state after long or serious illness. It is truly a marvel. This may be one of the most studied herbal remedies ever, and the findings are very impressive. A Japanese study revealed that reishi had anti-tumor action in mice, and in China, a study showed that reishi extract evoked a self-protecting mechanism in the central nervous system, improved heart function and corrected nerve function. It was also found to have an anti-radiation effect and is being used to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
A Korean study announced the immune-enhancing traits of reishi, showing that this incredible mushroom enhances macrophage activity as well as leucocytes (2 types of virus fighting cells).
Reishi has also been proven to have anti-allergic and anti-histamine aspects as well as significantly reducing blood serum cholesterol and thinning the blood.
When reishi first hit the American market, it was sold as a sleep remedy for insomnia and as a nerve stabilizer for those under a great deal of stress.
This wonderful mushroom also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and people have used it for headaches and pain.
How to Use: Extracts, tinctures are more effective than capsules, a tea from the dried mushroom -although this is difficult to find.
Reishi is considered to be safe even in large doses such as 350 grams a day (I would not recommend this high a dosage, but normal doses should be very safe indeed.) Doses as high as 5,000mg have been consumed in experiments without any toxic effect after 30 days.
Also safe for pets.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.