REISHI: The Immune Supporting Super 'Shroom

REISHI: The Immune Supporting Super 'Shroom

By Cliff Harvey


Reishi is a tree fungus that has been used for centuries in China and Japan touted as a ‘magical healing herb’. It is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.

Reishi is said to strengthen immunity and could potentially be useful for autoimmune diseases. A test tube study found it to potentially have immunomodulatory effects (1,2).

Other highly preliminary forms of evidence suggest that reishi may have antiviral effects (3-5) and possibly antibacterial effects as well (6).

Contemporary herbalists regard reishi as an adaptogen, a substance believed to be capable of helping the body resist stress of all kinds. Therefore due to the adaptogenic effects, it is thought to help calm you down and ensure a better nights sleep.

Courtney Galiano (a professional dancer) had this to say about the product:

I am a professional dancer with Multiple Sclerosis so keeping my immune system as strong as possible is a priority for me. I tried the Reishi Elixir from Four Sigmatic and I fell in love with it! I would recommend these teas to anyone and everyone!

Try the popular Reishi Elixir here or the Hot Cacao with Reishi here



  1. Bao X, Fang J, Li X. Structural characterization and immunomodulating activity of a complex glucan from spores ofGanoderma lucidum.Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2001;65:2384-2391.
  2. Bao XF, Wang XS, Dong Q, Fang JN, Li XY. Structural features of immunologically active polysaccharides fromGanoderma lucidum.Phytochemistry. 2002;59:175-181.
  3. el-Mekkawy S, Meselhy MR, Nakamura N, et al. Anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-1-protease substances from Ganoderma lucidumPhytochemistry. 1998;49:1651-1657.
  4. Eo SK, Kim YS, Lee CK, Han SS. Possible mode of antiviral activity of acidic protein bound polysaccharide isolated from Ganoderma lucidumon herpes simplex viruses. J Ethnopharmacol.2000;72:475-481.
  5. Eo SK, Kim YS, Lee CK, Han SS. Antiherpetic activities of various protein bound polysaccharides isolated from Ganoderma lucidumJ Ethnopharmacol. 1999;68:175-181.
  6. Wicks SM, Tong R, Wang CZ, et al. Safety and tolerability of Ganoderma lucidumin healthy subjects: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35:407-414.


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